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Any questions regarding commercial and/or residential appraising, appraisals or real estate valuation such as: appraising as a profession, valuation techniques, comparable sales selection & analysis, the new HVCC and how it affects appraisers & Borrowers. Also, questions like: "Why did my appraisal come in low & what can I do about it?" I cannot answer questions about comparable data in areas in which I do not practice. I have expertise in most areas of So. California.

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31-years both commercial and residential valuation experience. State of CA Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, licensed to appraise all property types. FHA Approved. Specialized expertise with historic, architectural & luxury residential property valuation. Experienced in industrial building and small commercial property valuation. Experienced Reviewer of appraisal reports and expertise with intensive forensic reviews to uncover fraudulent appraisal reports. Expert Litigation and Expert Witness experience.


Associate Member of the Appraisal Institute. Associate Member of the Certified Fraud Examiners.


Numerous posts to Blogs. Please "Google" "John C. Carlson Real Estate Appraisals" where a list of responses I have made will show up.


Numerous classes by the Appraisal Institute since 1978 in the practice areas in which I specialize

Past/Present Clients

First Republic Bank Wells Fargo Bank California Bank & Trust Preferred Bank Numerous Attorneys.

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2016-07-31 question:

Sam,    I apologize for the delay in responding, I've been swamped with appraisals to finish and just couldn't get to this answer.    There are three methods, or as we refer to them: "Approaches", to the

2016-05-02 "Assisting" rushed appraisers:

Denna,    Because of the property characteristics that you presented, I would strongly suggest that you do your own research ahead of the appraiser coming to your property. It is an embarrassment to my

2016-05-01 Best improvements to 2 bed 1 bath appraisal value?:

 Denna,    I just answered a question from someone named "Denna" - I assume that that is you!    You have already completed several of the remodeling projects that are very important. I would Google:

2016-01-06 Marketability of mineral and oil deeds:

Joseph,    You could start by going to the American Society of Appraisers website. Go to the "find an appraiser" page. In the middle of the page is a "Appraisal Expertise" or "Discipline" box.    There

2016-01-06 Marketability of mineral and oil deeds:

Joseph, sounds like you inherited an excellent property, congratulations.    Unfortunately, I do not specialize in mineral rights valuation.    In my mind, you are going to have to locate an expert, possibly


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