Right of Way Agent

Overview of Duties:

  • Contacts landowners throughout the project for a series of acquisition tasks
  • Explains project to landowners and answers their questions
  • Documents all contact with landowners (mail, telephone, e-mail, personal visits)
  • Assimilates contact information and project activities, enters details into project database
  • Secures permission from landowner for various types of surveys and studies on and across public or private lands
  • Negotiates for option agreements, easements, tenant’s consents and related agreements
  • Secures required subordination agreements
  • Obtains maps and tax roll information
  • Secures ownership information from variety of sources
  • Records legal documents in appropriate county offices
  • Provides liaison between landowner and other contractors such as construction crews, inspectors, surveyors, archaeologists
  • Settles damages before, during and after construction
  • Maintains assigned parcel files from beginning to end of project
  • Testifies in condemnation and other proceedings as expert witness

Specialized knowledge/education required:

  • In-depth knowledge of legal terminology that applies to land acquisition
  • Capable of completing legal documents and forms such as easements and agreements
  • Knowledge of the sequence of processes required to complete acquisition
  • Ability to plot metes and bounds descriptions of property and read a variety of maps, electronic and paper
  • Ability to read and analyze engineering drawings and right of way plans in order to properly explain the taking
  • The ability to read, understand and communicate property valuation information to landowners, as contained in formal real estate appraisals prepared by professional state certified appraisers.
  • The further ability to render independent land value judgments and determine when compensation beyond the value outlined in an appraisal is justified
  • Proficient in programs necessary to maintain documentation and produce reports
  • Understands technology of projects well enough to explain and discuss with property owners
  • Skilled in variety of research methods, particularly internet, courthouse and recorded documents
  • Knowledge of how to determine valuations of crops, trees, pastures, etc. for damage settlement
Completion of courses relating to current issues and processes, as sanctioned and/or offered by the International Right of Way Association

Right of Way Agents must posses a demanding combination of experience, training and personality traits in order to be successful. They must understand legal terminology that applies to land acquisition and be able to complete an assortment of legal documents and forms. Right of Way Agents usually come from professions that require similar multi-tasking abilities such as teaching, real estate, landman, private business ownership, or they may have entered as apprentices in order to learn the business. Oral and written communication skills must be above average, as well as the ability to interpret, analyze and assimilate diverse bits of information. They must be able to understand the technological aspects of a project well enough to discuss it knowledgeably with property owners. This must be balanced with the ability to work independentlyin different states, interact personably with a wide range of property owners from all ranges of socioeconomic, educational and ethnic backgrounds, in isolated rural areas and congested cities.

Right of Way Agents must be computer literate, capable of maintaining detailed information in software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, skilled in researching information on the internet and communicating via e-mail. They are also required to complete expense reports, timesheets and other reports in accordance with specific timelines.


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