Agri-Comm Appraisal, LLC
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Winery, Vineyard, and Commercial Real Estate Appraisals
for Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties
Our Appraisers & Staff
David A. Holt, MAI, ARA, CGREA
David Holt founded Agri-Comm Appraisal, LLC, which specializes in agricultural appraisal. Appraising wineries and vineyards is within Mr. Holt's area of expertise and competency as he has over 30 years of experience in the Real Estate industry, and over 15 years in the appraisal of vineyard and winery properties. Further, Mr. Holt holds a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser License, which is the highest license granted to appraisers by the State of California, as well as the designations of MAI and ARA from the Appraisal Institute and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, respectively.

Based on Mr. Holt's knowledge of vineyard topics and values, he has been invited to speak to a variety of appraisal, real estate, lending, and industry support groups regarding the vineyard and wine industry, and has provided appraisal instruction and mentoring to groups and appraisers within the Farm Credit system while employed there.

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, which confers the appraisal designation ARA, requested, and Mr. Holt provided, the Napa vineyard narration and values for the annual "Trends" publication from 2005 through 2008.

Mr. Holt has authored and presented portions of the Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute's Vineyard Valuation Seminars in 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2015. Mr. Holt also co-authored and presented “Valuing Vineyards, Trends and Outlooks” at the 2016 Lake Tahoe Conference hosted by the Sacramento Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. All of these seminars were approved for continuing education by the California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers as well as the Appraisal Institute.
Complete list of David Holt's Qualifications & Experience

"Dave worked for American AgAppraisal for six years, gaining a thorough understanding of agricultural property valuations. We were sorry to see him leave to start his own appraisal company in 2008. When we need to hire outside appraisers to meet time sensitive deadlines, Dave is at the top of our list."
H.F., Sonoma, Senior Appraiser, Lender

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Thomas D. Banks, CGREA
Thomas Banks is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser specializing in vineyard, farm, rural, and transitional use real property appraisals in California for lending, tax and estate planning, investment and accounting uses, and ownership transfers.

Commercial Construction Estimator, 1994~2012 -- responsibilities including plan review and analysis, materials quantity estimate, materials purchasing and scheduling, cost estimating of labor, materials, and overhead, plan change review, project bidding and bid proposal.
Professional Licenses & Affiliations
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
American Society of Civil Engineers
Chi Epsilon National Engineering Honor Society

B.S. in Civil Engineering -- California Polytechnic State University

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Ellen Bliven
GIS Operations Manager / FAA Certified Drone Pilot

Ellen Bliven started her career with Agri-Comm Appraisal in 2010. She works behind the scenes managing our geographic information system (GIS), researching properties, preparing static maps, web maps, researching market and sales information, writing property summaries and descriptions, and flying Agri-Bird1, our drone. Ellen uses the gold standard of GIS software, ArcView by Esri to prepare our maps and exhibits for clear and concise presentations. Agri-Bird1 captures photos and videos that provide a clear view of properties under review.

* Remote Pilot Certificate 2017 - FAA
* Civil Engineering Technology Certificate, 2011 - SRJC
* Cartography in GIS 2017 - Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC)
* Physical Geography 2017 - SRJC
* Intermediate GIS 2010 - SRJC
* Intro to GIS 2009 - SRJC
* Advanced Residential Applications 2014 - McKissock
* Residential Sales Comparison & Income 2014 - McKissock
* Statistics, Modeling and Finance 2013 - McKissock
* Residential Report Writing and Case Studies 2013 - McKissock
* Residential Site Valuation and Cost Approach 2013 - McKissock
* Residential Market Analysis & Highest & Best Use 2013 - McKissock
* Basic Appraisal Procedures 2013 - Appraisal Institute
* USPAP 2012 - Appraisal Institute
* Real Estate Appraisal Principles 2012 - Mendocino College

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More information about appraiser certification and standards

California Office of Real Estate Appraisers
.. is the state agency responsible for appraiser certification and licensing.

The Appraisal Foundation
.. is a non-profit association of appraisal organizations that helps oversee the appraisal profession within the United States. In 1989, it created the "Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice", which are the primary quality-control guidelines used by professional appraisers for most categories of appraisal performed in the U.S.

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Agri-Comm Appraisal, LLC
119 S. Cloverdale Blvd
Cloverdale, CA  95425
707-486-7390 (cell)