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Expert Witness Testimony

We offer extensive experience and professional Real Estate Appraisal services, with a special expertise in high-end Santa Barbara County ranch and estate properties. Susan Kraushaar has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry, including work as an Operations Officer, Loan Officer, and Staff Appraiser for a major US bank. With this extensive background and wealth of knowledge, Susan truly understands the banking industry from front to back.

Susan is experienced in litigation support and expert witness services. Clients who have used our expert testimony services include local Santa Barbara County law firms, major bank outside counsel, and various other legal and accounting organizations. In many cases our independent, quality, and supportable analysis has allowed clients to settle cases without the additional expense of going to court.

An appraiser must remain unbiased in performing an appraisal of a property. But we can consult with you and advise you about the relative strength of an appraisal presented by opposing parties. We can also perform additional research and analysis to support or discredit assumptions or conclusions.

Some examples of appraisal issues we have experience with include:

  • Valuation of "stigmatized" property
  • Bankruptcy cases
  • Valuation as of a date in the past (Retrospective)
  • Valuation for condemnation and eminent domain cases
  • Effect on value of properties with history of flood
  • Estate settlement
  • Forensic Appraisal Reviews and court testimony
  • Valuation for divorce, partnership, taxation issues, etc.

With our experience and proven track record we are ready to assist you with any type of challenging appraisal assignment, and our focus on appraisal quality and emphasis on appraisal values has stood up to the most stringent scrutiny.