Western States Valuation is a real estate appraisal firm specializing in appraisal and consultation on commercial property and land. Michael D. Vowles is the principal of the firm. He has 16 years experience as an appraiser and real estate consultant. Much of our appraisal and real estate work is in Utah but has also performed many assignments in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, New Mexico and Colorado.
Mike grew up in northern Utah and graduated from Layton High School. After spending a few years in the south of England on a church mission, came home and attended Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah. Mike graduated with a Bachelors degree in Finance and soon began work as an appraiser trainee with Wall Appraisal Company. During his tenure there he obtained the Certified General License qualification and then the MAI designation, which is the highest designation as a commercial real estate appraiser. Many consider the MAI designation more rigorous than and at least equivalent to a masters degree. Mike began work with the U.S. Forest Service as a Review Appraiser from July 2011 to May 2013. In May 2013, he created and established Western States Valuation. He chose to set up office in Ogden, Utah because of its unique character.
Many other appraisal firms are large with offices across the country and even internationally. They use data from their software programs and employ low-level researchers to gather this data to implement in their work which can make the appraisal or consultation seem rote, calculated, out of touch, and impersonal. At Western States Valuation, we research every piece of data used in our work and we know the local market that we serve in. We are different from other firms because of our knowledge of the local nuances and because we can gather the best and most pertinent data applicable to your appraisal or consultation.
We perform appraisals on all types of commercial property including office, retail, industrial, warehouse, restaurant, auto service, car wash, assisted living facilities, etc. Clients include lenders, government agencies, private parties, and attorneys. Mike also has experience as an expert witness, with litigation support, wills, estate planning, estate purposes, tax appeal, and divorce. He has also done consulting and can provide valuable assistance, knowledge, research, and perspective to any real estate related project. In addition to appraisal and consultation, he performs appraisal review.
Mike Vowles is an MAI appraiser and commercial appraiser in Ogden, Weber County, Utah. He is licensed in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Arizona and Nevada.