ULC Course Description

Real Estate Acquisition 101
Control Number: 79
Course Number: 49REA01A
CEUs: 3.0     PDHs: 0.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
The real estate acquisition mission of the Department of The Army has no counterpart in the private sector. The laws, regulations, and policies pertaining thereto are unique to acquisition of real estate by the Federal Government or in conjunction with Federal projects. This course provides a basic overview of the land acquisition policies, procedures and regulations for Army and Corps of Engineers projects.

The course includes lectures, class discussions, problem solving, and testing. Topics for presentation address (a) project planning, documents, and authorities, (b) elementary mapping and legal descriptions, (c) title evidence, (d) just compensation, (e) condemnation, (f) general fundamentals of appraisals for land acquisition, (g) interest and estates in land, (h) local cooperation and cost-sharing, (i) environmental considerations, (j) negotiation skills, and (k) crediting for land provided by project sponsors. After completion of this course, the student should have a foundation upon which, with additional study and experience, a knowledge base in real estate acquisition can be built.

Nominees must be assigned (a) Occupational Series: 0318, 0905, 1101, 1170, and 1171; (b) Grade: GS-07 through GS-11; (c) personnel primarily assigned to real estate functions within the Corps of Engineers. Individuals outside the prerequisite occupational series and grade and those actively engaged in real estate activities (such as planners and project managers) will be considered on a space available basis. Nominees should have a general understanding of the Corps of Engineers organizational structure and have read the Real Estate Handbook and other Army policy related to acquisitions.


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