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Who are we?

The publisher/Webmaster is Ann O'Rourke, MAI, SRA, a practicing fee appraiser (commercial and residential) in Alameda California. I have been appraising for 40 years. Since 1992, I have also been publishing appraisal newsletters, speaking, and giving seminars to appraisers all  over the country.

For more information, go to Ann O'Rourke's resume.

Contact Ann O'Rourke at ann@appraisaltoday.com  or call 800-839-0227.

Why hire us for an appraisal?

Timely service - always complete appraisals by the deadline.
Competitive fees.
Over 40years of appraisal experience. Appraising in Alameda County since 1986. My specialty is appraisals in the city of Alameda.
MAI and SRA designations make appraisals more credible and acceptable.
All types of properties - single family, apartments, commercial, industrial, and vacant land

Check out our Official Company Photos to see what we really look like, what we really do, and where we really work! See who Barnaby Jones really is (our security manager)! You'll never guess!!

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  • I am fairly well known in the appraisal community as I have had articles published in most of the national appraisal publications and have spoken to appraisers all over the country. I am a designated member of the Appraisal Institute.
  • If you're not sure if my company is "legitimate," you can verify my information at the Appraisal Institute web site, click on "Find an appraiser" then type in City: Alameda and State: CA. For more information on this Web site, go to our Web site FAQ page.
  • To contact us, see the bottom of each page. The name of the publishing business is Real Estate Communication Resources.

Who works for us? I have a small company, doing both appraisals and publishing. Prior to the "appraisal recession" from mid-1994 to early 1997, I had a much larger appraisal and office staff, but downsized and have not staffed up again.

  • I have one part-time assistants, Theresa Lua. She handle pretty much everything from picking up printing to checking appraisals to handling any and all problems!
  • Nicky Hancock does my postal mailings.

Where are we located? Our office is in Alameda, California, inside a marina, with a view of the boats. It's a tough life! I used to have a 22 foot sailboat, a Santana 22, which I actively raced on San Francisco Bay until my business started taking too much of my time. Lousy excuse! Alameda is an island in San Francisco Bay, across an estuary from Oakland and 10 miles southeast across the Bay from San Francisco.

How to contact us. Our normal business hours are 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday, California time. Since I am a practicing appraiser, I can be difficult to contact. If you call and I'm not in, let me know what's a good time to call back and your time zone. If we are out of the office, the phone cuts to voice mail on the 6th ring. The phone numbers are on the bottom of this page. I can also be contacted by e-mail or snail mail.

What are we selling? The primary purpose of this Web site is information for my newsletter subscribers and other appraisers. My information products are available also. If you want to order an appraisal in Alameda County, California, contact me. I only do appraisals in that county.

How do I have time for appraising, Web sites, speaking, publishing, etc? I work about a 50 hour week, with 30 hours on appraising and 20 hours on publishing/speaking/etc. I like appraising because I love to have people pay me to find out what's happening in real estate!

Can I come and speak to your group? I have spoken to many groups, small and large, local chapters and national associations. My favorite topics are the Internet, appraisal technology, and appraisal business management topics. You will have to pay for my travel and lodging, so the cost depends on how far you are from Alameda, California (near San Francisco)! For more information, go to Ann O'Rourke's resume


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