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Appraisal Services - City of Pittsburgh

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh requests qualifications from a variety of firms to provide appraisal services to the URA, the Pittsburgh Land Bank, and the URA’s affiliated entities as needed.

The URA plans to approve one or more applicants to be part of an approved list of firms to perform the above services for the URA’s Legal and Transaction teams within the URA’s Central Operation’s Unit. Firms selected for this list will be eligible for selection by the URA to perform services, as-needed, at its discretion. Each approved firm will remain on the list from the date approved by the URA Board of Directors through December 31, 2023. The RFQ process may be revisited during this period to invite additional firms to qualify to provide these services.

Friday, February 25, 2021
Wed, April 30, 2021, 12 p.m. ET; Open until awarded

Contact Information

John Trainor
Data & Transactions Specialist

Resources & Addendums


The URA is the City of Pittsburgh's economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City's tax base, and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods. Incorporated in 1946 as one of the first redevelopment authorities in the United States, the URA achieves this mission by assembling, preparing and conveying sites for major mixed-use developments; and by providing a portfolio of programs that include financing for business location, relocation and expansion, housing construction and rehabilitation, and home purchases and improvements.

The PLB is a Single Purpose entity that facilitates the transition of distressed real property into productive reuse, whether public use or private development. The PLB is an affiliated entity of the URA.


The URA seeks to create a panel of qualified firms to conduct as-needed services related to property appraisals. To effectively accomplish the URA’s objectives, the URA is soliciting information from interested firms on their ability to perform these services, including scale, volume and price structure.

The URA maintains an inventory of approximately 1,500 properties, annually acquiring and disposing of approximately 100 parcels, respectively. These parcels vary greatly in typology – physical condition, size, dimensions, location, zoning, and end use. The URA requires on-demand appraisals of parcels which it may acquire, sell, or include in requests for development proposals.


The selected applicants / appraisers must:

  • Have a certified real estate appraiser license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • Have a minimum of 3-5 years of performing appraisal services

  • Have experience in appraising all types of property including, but not exclusive of, vacant lots, residential properties, commercial properties, industrial properties, special use properties,easements, and real property interests less than fee, i.e., leaseholders, reversions, remainders,easements, etc.

  • Be qualified to testify before Pennsylvania Courts of competent jurisdiction and Board of Viewers

  • Have Court demeanor and a reputation for credibility; be articulate and possess strong written communication skills

  • Be available to perform the work assigned within the time frame required in the agreement

  • Have familiarity with the Eminent Domain Code of Pennsylvania and relevant Real Estate Laws

  • Possess knowledge of land values in the City of Pittsburgh

  • Be qualified to appraise pursuant to the laws of Pennsylvania and should possess an active real estate broker's license

Additionally: Prior acceptable experience with the URA will be considered.

Selection Criteria

  • Experience – The applicant’s experience in providing services similar to those within the Scope of Services described herein; the quality of the applicant’s management, reputation and references; the applicant should have at least 3-5 years of experience providing the services specified in itsresponse to organizations like the URA.

  • Quality of Submission – The quality of the submission and the degree to which it demonstrates the team members’ full understanding of the ability to perform the services to be rendered; the content of the response should demonstrate the applicant’s full understanding of the Objectives, along with sample materials.

  • MWBE – Respondent’s strategy for incorporating MWBE participation in this opportunity.

Mandatory Elements

  1. The applicant, including any and all team members, must have no conflict of interest with regard to any other work performed by the applicant for the URA or related entity.

  2. The applicant must adhere to the instructions contained in this RFQ in preparing the submitted qualification response.

  3. The Respondent must include a MWBE narrative.

Qualification Submissions

Respondents must submit their qualification responses electronically via IONWAVE (IWT). Reponses received via other means will not be considered. ALL RESPONSES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE RESPONSE DUE DATE AND TIME AS STATED IN THE RFQ FOR CONSIDERATION. THIS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL AWARDED

Please note that the URA uses IONWAVE (IWT) as its bid notification, Q&A, and RFQ submission platform. All questions about this RFQ must be submitted through this RFQ’s IONWAVE (IWT) page. 

Instructions for registering on IONWAVE (IWT) are labeled as Exhibit “A” in the links of this RFQ. Registration can be done by using the following link: Supplier Registration (

Selection Process

  • The qualifications review committee (“Committee”) will consist of the members of the URA Legal, Transaction and Compliance teams.

  • The Committee will check responses against mandatory criteria. Responses not meeting allmandatory criteria will not be considered for review.

  • Formal Interviews of applicants may be scheduled at the discretion of the Committee.

  • During the evaluation process, the URA reserves the right to request additional information or clarifications from the Applicants or to allow corrections of errors or omissions.

  • The Committee shall recommend to the URA Board of Directors a list of Applicants based upon their response to this RFQ.


The URA intends to select one or more Applicants based upon information in the response to the RFQ submitted by the applicants, performance in previous undertakings, and other pertinent factors. The selected Applicant(s) will be chosen on the basis of the selection criteria.

  1. The URA shall have the right to verify the accuracy of all information submitted and to make suchinvestigation as it deems necessary to determine the ability of each applicant to perform theobligations in the response. The URA in its discretion reserves the right to reject any responsewhen the available evidence or information does not satisfy the URA that the applicant is qualifiedto carry out properly the obligations of the response.

  2. The URA shall be the sole judge as to which, if any, Applicant best meet the selection criteria. TheURA reserves the right to reject any or all responses, to waive any submission requirementscontained within this response, and to waive any irregularities in any submitted response.

  3. This form is submitted subject to errors, omissions, and/or withdrawal without notice by the URAat any time.

  4. All responses, including attachments, supplementary materials, addenda, etc. shall become theproperty of the URA and will not be returned.

  5. Applicants and team members must disclose any conflict of interest, or potential conflict ofinterest, with regards to any employee or staff of the URA or the City of Pittsburgh, and/or anywork performed by the Applicant for the URA, the City of Pittsburgh, or any related entity.
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