F. Kristensen, SRA, IFA, AGA is the Owner and Chief Appraiser of A Quality Appraisal, LLC, has
the top ranked appraisal blog in Portland, holds the SRA
Designation of the Appraisal Institute, holds the IFA Designation and sits on the board of directors for
the Rose City NAIFA, is an Accredited
Green Appraiser (AGA), is a beta software tester for a la mode, Inc., was a featured speaker at Appraisal Summit in Las Vegas, 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. He 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. In just a few months, Gary was able to hire two other employees, James Anderson and Lucas Warren.