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#1 Posted : Sunday, January 19, 2020 6:30:25 PM(UTC)
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Can anyone who is a realty specialist or know about the job well give me some advice on whether this is a good career? I've been applying to a bunch of contract specialist jobs lately (GS9 or lower) and wonder if I should start applying for realty specialist jobs too. I think 1102 jobs are way competitive maybe because I hear they offer great advancement opportunities as you learn more FAR. What about realty specialist? What are your day to day tasks? Are there good advancement opportunities? These jobs are available through the Navy, GSA, and Amy Corps of Engineers. I do have some real estate experience and a law degree so maybe I should apply.
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I’m not one but this isn’t a large field because it’s limited to DOD , and GSA.

GSA overseas all federal property. They let DoD manage its own property but there is a close relationship with GSA and army COE where COE are used as engineering experts in examine buildings.

In DOD therealtors deal with offbase housing. Some are offbase apartments or townhomes for active duty personnel or theyhandle resale of PCS AD personnel homes they purchased.

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:07:33 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: PJP Go to Quoted Post
Can anyone who is a realty specialist or know about the job well give me some advice on whether this is a good career? I've been applying to a bunch of contract specialist jobs lately (GS9 or lower) and wonder if I should start applying for realty specialist jobs too. I think 1102 jobs are way competitive maybe because I hear they offer great advancement opportunities as you learn more FAR. What about realty specialist? What are your day to day tasks? Are there good advancement opportunities? These jobs are available through the Navy, GSA, and Amy Corps of Engineers. I do have some real estate experience and a law degree so maybe I should apply.


Yes, I worked as one just recently. I was a Real Property Accountability Officer. My normal tasks were to maintain the database of all real property assets on our base. This involved building visits, photographing, measuring, etc. as well as creating files for new construction or closing out records for demo'd buildings. You will likely be doing some legal research, nothing too involved.

My experience was with the DoD and it's a field that has great need. Congress is hot on the idea that we've got assets we're not using efficiently, so they have instituted a requirement that all real property assets be inventoried every year. The job seems to top out at about GS-13, but there are exceptions.

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#4 Posted : Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:08:15 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for the reply. I have one more question. So yes, realty specialist jobs do seem to top out at GS 13. For example, this navy job that's currently open to public goes from GS 5-13. I've seen some supervisory positions offering GS 14 but that's more of a special case I guess. Down the road, I wouldn't mind being a GS 13 forever given that I'm not in a high cost area but how likely can one obtain GS 13 as a realty specialist? From what I read on this site, contract specialists seem to earn GS 13 without much difficulty after putting in some time.
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Originally Posted by: PJP Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for the reply. I have one more question. So yes, realty specialist jobs do seem to top out at GS 13. For example, this navy job that's currently open to public goes from GS 5-13. I've seen some supervisory positions offering GS 14 but that's more of a special case I guess. Down the road, I wouldn't mind being a GS 13 forever given that I'm not in a high cost area but how likely can one obtain GS 13 as a realty specialist? From what I read on this site, contract specialists seem to earn GS 13 without much difficulty after putting in some time.


I would say your chances of making GS-13 as an 1102 are much better than as a Real Property person, there's a lot more 1102 slots. Education and certification are critical in the 1102 field from my experience. Not so with Real Property.

The jobs that post a wide GS range, or are open for an extended period, are usually just resume pools. You're not likely to get hired from any of those.

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