Property auctioneer/valuer

A property auctioneer provides advice to clients on all aspects of the valuation of property and land.

Job description

Property auctioneers/valuers are usually specialised surveyors who estimate the market value of property and land for their clients. They make thorough inspections and investigations of a property and consider factors such as location and business in their valuations. After providing advice on areas such as sales, compensation claims or loans, property auctioneers/valuers organise and manage auctions.

Work activities

  • Undertaking thorough inspections of buildings and land to identify any characteristics or factors affecting value.
  • Providing clients with a realistic valuation of their property and providing advice on acquisition, sales or investment.
  • Preparing written reports of inspections.
  • Providing information and valuations for businesses or legal organisations to aid dispute resolution, compensation claims or investment queries.
  • Running auctions; organising marketing and managing the process.

Work conditions

Travel: some travel is required when visiting property and sites.
Working hours: are mostly standard 9 to 5 hours, with the possibility of some evenings or weekends.

Entry requirements

A surveying-related degree is necessary. The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland sets standards for entry into the surveying profession and accredits construction, land and property undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in several Irish institutions. To become a Chartered Surveyor, candidates must have an accredited surveying degree and have completed the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), a two-year period of structured practical training which culminates in a professional interview.

The Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) provides full-time and part-time education courses for existing and aspiring auctioneers and valuers.