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Frank E. Schmidt, MAI, SRA - President

Mr. Schmidt has been appraising proposed and existing real estate since 1975. He is an experienced expert witness in United States District Court, Santa Clara County Superior Court, the Public Utility Commission of the State of California, and the American Arbitration Association.

His experience includes real estate development, appraisal assignments for lenders, attorneys, accountants, corporations, municipalities, litigation support, and individuals for estate planning, diminution in value, mortgage lending, gifting, taxation, purchase, and sale.

Past work includes fee simple, leased fee, easement, and partial interest appraisals for improved properties and/or land for mobile home parks, movie theaters, dormitories, sororities, funeral homes, self-storage facilities, auto dealerships, schools, gas stations, office buildings, warehouses, industrial and R & D buildings, agriculture, apartment complexes, shopping centers, residential and commercial condominiums, attached and detached single family dwellings including residential subdivisions, and land development projects.

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Wayne F. Prescott, MBA, MAI, CCIM - Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Prescott has been appraising proposed and existing commercial, industrial, and residential property since 1985. Past work includes fee simple, leased fee, easement, and partial interest appraisals for improved properties and/or land for office buildings, warehouses, industrial and R & D buildings, apartment complexes, mobile home parks, self-storage facilities, auto dealerships and race tracks, theaters, schools, service station and fast food sites, attached and detached single family dwellings, agricultural properties, residential and commercial condominiums, cooperatives, and commercial and residential land development projects, and rent surveys.

Mr. Prescott is an experienced expert witness in land valuation, construction defects, subdivision analysis, retail centers, gas stations, and standard of care for appraisers in over 30 cases in the past 10 years, about 50/50 for the defense and plaintiff. He has appraised for government agencies, lenders, attorneys, accountants, corporations, and individuals for eminent domain, estate planning, tax appeal, mortgage lending, litigation support, construction defects, partnership disputes, lease negotiation, mis-management, fire damage, earth movement, gifting, taxation, subdivision, investment, collateralization, purchase, and sale. He is a trained mediator, specializing in property dispute resolution. Mr. Prescott has 12 years prior experience in the industrial property insurance industry as a loss prevention engineer, underwriter, and broker.

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Matt Watson - Senior Appraiser

Mr. Watson has been appraising proposed and existing real estate since joining The Schmidt-Prescott Group, Inc. in 2002. Past work includes improved properties and/or land for office, industrial, apartment complexes, auto dealerships, attached and detached single family dwellings, residential and commercial condominiums, and commercial and residential land development projects. His experience includes appraisal assignments for lenders, attorneys, accountants, corporations, government agencies, and individuals for estate planning, mortgage lending, taxation, purchase, and sale.

He earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara and he holds a Certified General Appraiser License. Mr. Watson’s previous experience includes construction cost estimating, a valuable skill in the appraisal profession.

Nancy G. Bigham - Senior Appraiser

Ms. Bigham grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Bacteriology, and from San Francisco State University with a M.A. in Microbiology. She worked in biotechnology and computer high-tech before changing careers to real estate appraisal in 2006. She completed courses in real estate, economics and business law at De Anza College as well as classes and seminars offered by the Appraisal Institute. She holds a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser License in California.

In the fall of 2007, she joined The Schmidt-Prescott Group, Inc., where she combines her computer and research skills and applies them to the appraisal discipline. Her work to date includes the valuation of professional and medical office buildings, industrial properties, apartments, retail properties and residential subdivisions. She had done appraisals for lenders, attorneys, accountants, corporations, and government agencies.

Ms. Bigham is active in the Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. In 2009 she was the first recipient of the Arlen C. Mills Education Award and in 2010 she received a George and Albert Stauss Scholarhip. Since 2010, she has moderated the Retail Update session at the Chapter's Fall Conference and in 2013 was the Chair of the Fall Conference. Ms. Bigham is a Candidate for Designation, Appraisal Institute.

Margaret Solis - Research Analyst / Office Manager

Ms. Solis earned a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Education from Holy Names University in Oakland, California. She holds a Standard Teaching Credential for Elementary School. She began appraising residential real estate in 1986. She joined The Schmidt-Prescott Group, Inc. in 1996, where she began appraising commercial property. Ms. Solis is highly adept at quickly developing a trusting relationship; her career crystallized in the area of data research and verification, leading to a specialization in that aspect of the appraisal profession. Because she is well organized and detail-oriented, the firm later added office management to her job responsibilities.

 
 
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