Career Story: Database Administrator At A Real Estate Appraisal Company

Database Administrator At A Real Estate Appraisal Company

Job Title: Database Administrator

Education: 2.5 Years towards Associates Degree, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Previous Experience: I have worked in Customer Service for different insurance companies over the years. This customer experience led me into a Datbase Assistant position at my current place of employment, which led to the Administrative position.

Job Tasks: I work for a Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Company. We have about ten contract employee Commercial Appraisers, and three permanent office workers, including myself.

The two other workers get involved in the office part of things such as taking orders, invoicing, faxing and keeping our office running smoothly.

I, however, maintain our Real Estate Databases and contact information database. The contact information database I keep current by updating company addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. The updates come from people we deal with who request the appraisals: banks, loan officers, other and appraisers.

When I started working in this position two and a half years ago, the database had approximately 5,000 properties with outdated sales and leases. To date, our real estate database currently has approximately 12,000 properties throughout the St. Louis Metro area as well as surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. Most of the existing records have been updated with new sale information as well.

I spend about half of my work day gathering detailed information about each property address that is already in the system. The information I obtain includes lot square footages, building square footages, types of construction (including foundating, roof type, ceiling height, parking lot information, heating and cooling and electric information.

I spend the other half of my day researching the most recent sale dates and prices, buyers and sellers, prior sales history, land value, building value and if a property was financed, how, and by whom. I update each record, so that we have the most recent information for each address currently in our database.

I research the sales using property databases such as MetroScan, MARIS Webiste, IL MARIS Website, St. Louis Commercial Information Exchange and LoopNet. I also obtain sale and lease information from the St. Louis Business Journal each week.

Also in my job, I email and also speak to agents and brokers to request confirmation on sales and more information on leases. This all assists the appraisers in finding properties and comparable properties for their reports.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being able to set my own schedule as to how I get my work done in a day, or a week and trying to increase my productivity. I am in competition with myself to produce more detailed information, more records and more accuracy. I do not get a daily "to do" log or pats on the back, but I log my own work and know that I do a good job.

It's also very fulfilling to see how the records looked before I started working with this company, how the records improved in the first year, and how much more detailed the records are even now.

Job Tips:
1. In this kind of job, being detail-oriented is very important. This is something that is a necessary.

2. Also, being able to stay focused on the task and not get side-tracked by not having a pressing schedule.

Additional Thoughts: I love it!

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