Nathan Bernhardt’s number one job as a real estate appraiser is to be credible.
And, Nathan is accessible. Nathan walks into your home, onto your property, into your business with a notebook and pen in hand. And a camera. He has a broad, welcoming smile, and, in conversation with the property-owner, his head is open for what might not be obvious. All his senses are operating. He’s been in more than 20-thousand homes since he began residential real estate appraising in 1991, and got his Appraisal License in 1997. Nathan can feel when a house is well made or not; sometimes there is a smell or noise or humidity.
At the same time, he serves a police function for lenders. He notes whether there is a divorce appraisal, a tax or IRS appraisal, a bankruptcy appraisal, or whether he is performing a residential or land appraisal service.
Nathan’s job appraising is to analyze the house, get rid of all biases, and examine what the market says. Whether it is for estate planning appraising, bankruptcy appraising or even appraisal rebuttal… this process is a huge measurement, which includes square footage, the site size, distance, and condition and quality. At the end, a number gets spit out. The appraisal is a process. Not rocket science. But, it is a huge responsibility.
Appraising is also the family business. Nathan Bernhardt was just 21 years old, when he began following in his father’s footsteps. Born in Portland, Oregon, Nathan attended Ainsworth Elementary School, Lincoln High School, the University of Oregon and Portland State University. Nathan was an Eagle Scout who later served six years in the military. Now, he is married with twin daughters who were born in 2005.
The appraisal process can be confusing. Nathan says his job is to connect with you, and simplify the process for you.