Appraiser Power Bloggers
There are some appraisers across the nation that have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” and have used their websites to help build information bridges to lenders, real estate agents and homeowners.
We call them “Appraiser Power Bloggers!”
They are tearing down walls of misinformation and creating an increasing appraiser presence, within their marketing areas.
They are considered the “Gold Standard” of the appraiser’s responsibility for the preservation of the public trust!!!
We thank them for their contributions to the profession and highlight them below!!!
Ryan Lundquist is a certified appraiser and focuses on residential appraisals in the Sacramento area. His clients include home owners, real estate agents, governmental agencies, attorneys, and lenders. Ryan runs the Sacramento Appraisal Blog, which is a top-ranking appraisal blog in the United States. He has written over 1000 articles to help illustrate what is happening in the market as well as offer insight into how appraisers think. Ryan has been quoted in local and national publications, and he is the Vice-Chair of the Housing Opportunity Committee with the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and is a board member of the Real Estate Appraisers Association of Sacramento.
Gary F. Kristensen is the Owner and Chief Appraiser of A Quality Appraisal, LLC, has the top ranked appraisal blog in Oregon, sits on the board of directors for the Portland/Rose City NAIFA, is a Candidate for Designation with the Appraisal Institute, is an Accredited Green Appraiser, is a beta software tester for a la mode, Inc., and is a regular speaker for appraisal and real estate agent training. He is an Oregon native who grew up in Milwaukie, graduated from Oregon City High School, and lives in Happy Valley. Gary has several appraisers in his family and started working in real estate appraisal shortly after graduating from college.
Gary began his appraisal career by working for a company located in Oregon City and appraising properties in 26 counties in NW Oregon and SW Washington. He worked as a Certified Residential Appraiser focusing on remote rural properties and as a Registered Appraiser’s Assistant working on commercial properties. During this time, Gary became adept at working with complex, unusual, or remote properties — properties that most appraisers never attempt due to extremely limited sales data.
Mr. Kristensen has experience in appraising nearly all property types including industrial, development land, commercial/retail, and multi-family. However, Gary’s principal interest and certifications are in the valuation of residential properties four units and less. He uses his experience in commercial appraisal to address complex problems in Portland area residential valuation with an open mind.
In 2010, Gary started the company that eventually became A Quality Appraisal, LLC. This was during hard times for appraisers, after the housing bubble burst in 2007. Gary was simply trying to survive as an appraiser but he quickly found that his attention to detail, willingness to try new methods, and professionalism kept appraisal orders coming at a time when other appraisers were leaving the profession.
Bill Cobb is a Residential Appraiser based in the Baton Rouge Louisiana Market. Bill has been appraising homes in Louisiana over 23 years with a concentration of Lender, Pre-Listing, Cash Sale Pre-Purchase, Divorce and New Construction. Bill has been blogging on ActiveRain and other Wordpress platforms with over 1,000 posts since 2007 and active on Youtube.
Rachel Massey, SRA, AI-RRS
Rachel Massey, SRA, AI-RRS has been appraising full-time since 1989. She is a certified residential appraiser in Michigan, specializing in review work for various clients, as well as lake properties, and other residential properties, in and around the Washtenaw County market. She is an AQB Certified USPAP instructor and occasional but avid Aikidoka.
Mike Turner is an IRS Qualified and California State Certified Real Estate Appraiser. His background of 10 years in the construction industry, 20 years in the computer technology industry and over a decade of appraising Los Angeles area homes gives him a unique perspective and has made him a highly skilled and efficient local appraiser resource. Mike is also a highly requested speaker on a range of appraisal related topics and enjoys leading meetings with local Real Estate and Attorney offices throughout the Southland.
Mike spends his free time hiking the Santa Monica Mountains with his Australian Shepherd and Border Collie dogs or flying high over the Southwest in his two seat high performance airplane.
Joshua Walitt, MNAA, SRA
Mr. Walitt is a Certified Residential Appraiser licensed in Colorado. He works as a fee appraiser, reviewer, speaker, and consultant. His consulting work centers on software, compliance, workflow, and appraisal procedures. Since 2010, he has designed and used excel-based analytical tools for market analysis and regression modeling, and has coached appraisers and trainees in the use of these, and similar, tools for developing and supporting market-based appraisal work. He has provided services to real estate and lending groups, as well as served on his local county Board of Equalization, served on Colorado’s AMC Rulemaking Taskforce, written articles for newspaper and national industry magazines, and spoken at regional and national events. In his daily work, his goal is to increase efficiency and accuracy through the use of technology and analytical tools. With a background that began in banking, Mr. Walitt enjoys examining regulatory compliance issues at the state and national levels.
Mr. Walitt is a member of the National Association of Appraisers (MNAA) and has achieved his SRA Designation with the Appraisal Institute. He is currently designing an online appraisal course, and received his Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) certificate in 2014.
Tom Horn, SRA
“My appraisal career began in 1990 and I earned my SRA designation in 1995 after spending several years taking Appraisal Institute courses and gaining valuable hands on experience as a staff appraiser.
At the current time I concentrate in the area of single family, vacant land, 2-4 family, and condominium appraisals. In addition to performing appraisals for first mortgage loans and refinancing, I prepare reports for other uses such as estate planning, private mortgage insurance removal (pmi), For Sale By Owner(FSBO) marketing, and insurance valuations. Many of my clients include leading real estate agents in the Birmingham real estate market who trust me to provide them with a reliable appraisal to aid them in accurately pricing their listings.
With over two decades in the real estate appraisal business there is one thing I have found that my clients seek more than anything else and that is trust. They want to know that they can trust me to provide the most accurate unbiased value on the assignments they give me. I take great pride that my clients continue to use me for their appraisal needs because I have their best interests at heart.
On a personal side I am happy to say that I have been married to my wife Gina for over 20 years and we have two awesome children, Bryant and Camille. In addition to keeping busy with my appraisal work I enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as keeping up with college football.”
“First Lady of Valuation and Queen of Appraisal Twitter!!” -Phil Crawford
Paul Rowe graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 with a degree in Marketing. He has lived in 3 different Chicago neighborhoods and has since established a successful appraisal firm in Park Ridge, IL. He is a leading appraiser in the Chicago area and has differentiated himself by serving the public with integrity, professionalism, and respect for his clients.
Bryan Lynch is a Certified Real Estate Appraiser that has worked with many of the top lenders in the industry. He is on many preferred lender and appraisal management (AMC) panels and has always placed quality of work and excellent communication with his clients as a priority. He is FHA approved and has vast experience with many types of properties in his area.
Bryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Sacramento State University. Outside of work, spending time with his wife and 2 boys are his top priority. He also enjoys sports, outdoor activities, music, art and is an active member of his church.
Mary is a Certified Real Estate Appraiser with 22 years experience. Prior to this, she was a Realtor which gives her the unique advantage of Appraising Real Estate with both perspectives in mind. She founded her own Company Lanier Appraisal Service www.lanierappraisalservice.com in 1999. She and her husband Chuck, married for over 30 years have been working together as Appraisers since 2000.
She is well known for her expertise on Lake Lanier in North Georgia. Mary was interviewed 2 times by The Weather Channel when Lake Laniersuffered extreme drought and when the Lake came back up. They wanted an expert to discuss how water levels impact Appraised Values. She has also been interviewed Several Times by The GainesvilleTimes in Gainesville, GA regarding Lake Lanier property Values.
Mary specializes in working with Buyers and Sellers on Pre-Listing and Pre-Sale Appraisals. She is also very involved with the Local Hall County Real Estate Board in Gainesville Georgia and has twice been awarded the Affiliate Workhorse Award for Developing their website and for getting them on board with Social Media Sites.
On a personal note, Mary is also a Pet Rescue Advocate and has volunteered and worked with many Pet Rescue Groups & Local Shelters by taking photos of the Pets in in order to improve their Adoption Chances and networking pets through social media sites.
Jonathan J. Miller, CRE, CRP
Jonathan Miller is President and CEO of Miller Samuel Inc., a real estate appraisal and consulting firm he co-founded in 1986. He is a real estate analyst and a state-certified real estate appraiser in New York and Connecticut, performing court testimony as an expert witness in various local, state and federal courts across the U.S. He holds the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) and Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designations. He is an Appraiser "A" Member of the Real Estate Board of New York and a board member of Relocation Appraisers and Consultants, Inc. (RAC).
Miller Samuel provides appraisal and consulting services on roughly $5 billion worth of property per year in the New York City metropolitan area. He is also co-founder of Miller Cicero, LLC, a commercial real estate valuation firm.