Spurgeon Appraisals has grown from a single certified general appraiser to a staff of four employees. Since there are four of us, we are able to give more attention to you and your property and finish your appraisal more quickly. This is because each of us has our own task to perform in the appraisal process.
Certified General Appraiser / Owner
Mason's life is full of the kind of experience helpful to appraising both agricultural and commercial properties. He grew up on a family farm in Missouri and showed livestock all over the country. He also worked with two of his uncles in various forms of construction. Eventually, Mason became a certified general real estate appraiser in Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. After years of working with other appraisers and banks, he decided to establish his own appraisal firm. Since that time, Spurgeon Appraisals has grown both in staff and service area, covering northeast Missouri, west Illinois, and southeast Iowa. When he first started the company, Mason handled every stage of every appraisal, even taking the order and doing initial research. Now, with a larger staff, he is able to focus entirely on writing reports. He has experience appraising multi-tract farms, large family estates, and truly unique agricultural properties for a variety of purposes, including tax appeals, divorces, and estate planning.
Certified General Appraiser
Matthew is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. He has been in the appraisal field since 2011 and over the past several years has appraised a wide variety of commercial, agricultural, and residential real estate. Matthew has family going back four generations in northeast Missouri and he is very familiar with the Tri-State region. Like Mason, he also grew up on a family farm working with livestock. In college, he majored in Business Administration, then after working at a bank for three years, he later completed his apprenticeship training under Mason to be an appraiser. Matthew has appraised even the most complex commercial properties for useful purposes such as, lending, estate planning, tax appeal, divorce, and private negotiation. He is experienced in the appraisal of: industrial, office, retail, and multi-family properties, as well as restaurants, gas stations, churches, motels, mobile home parks, and subdivisions.
"I'm proud to be a part of this team. We are all committed to setting the standard for quality appraisal work and professional customer service. When accuracy matters, we will be your first phone call."
State Certified Trainee Appraiser
Matt began his career as a journalist. After spending four years as a reporter, he realized that the skills he had gained would serve him well as an appraiser. He entered the appraisal field in 2018 and is currently a trainee appraiser, working to become a Certified Residential Appraiser. His focus is on single- and multi-family residential appraisals, including intended uses such as lending, divorces, estate planning and taxes, future sales and appraisal reviews. Matt grew up in Monmouth, Illinois and graduated from Monmouth College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English. His hobbies include hiking, kayaking and running with his blue heeler. He is also a contributor to our monthly newsletter.
Office Manager and Sales Researcher
Even before Matt was hired, Mason and Matthew needed help to meet the demands of a growing business. Stan was originally hired to maintain our database of local farm sales. He eventually began to assist with appraisals by performing research and data entry, and he also began serving as our office manager. Currently, he manages appraisal requests, oversees daily activity in the office, and has much of the responsibility for researching real estate sales in our coverage area, whether agricultural, commercial, or residential. This thorough research, and the efforts taken to organize it all, allows the appraisers to do their jobs with greater efficiency.
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