Our Staff

Ed Dum, MAI
CEO & Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, State of California, License #AG003807

Ed was born in Columbus, Ohio. His family moved to Berkeley in 1964 and Ed graduated from Berkeley High School in 1978. In 1970, at age 10, Ed started doing basic tasks for the appraisal company which his father founded that year. In 1978 Ed completed his first appraisal of a commercial property. Ed graduated from California State University Hayward in 1984 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree. Ed became a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, in 1988, which is the first year this designation was available from the State of California. He obtained his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1998. Ed has appraised almost every type of commercial property with an exception being cemeteries. Ed has been married for over 30 years to his wife Ann, and has two-step children and two-step grandchildren. Ed’s stepdaughter, Lisa is the company’s business manager. Ed enjoys traveling, dogs, fishing and spending time with his wife and family.



Thomas E Dum, MAI - Retired 2013
General Real Estate Appraiser since 1978
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, State of California, License #AG003808

Thomas E Dum, MAI - Retired 2013 was born and raised in Ohio and moved to Berkeley, California in 1964. Tom received his BS and MS in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University. He worked as an Appraiser for Condemnation Ohio Department of Highways and then later at United California Bank as a District Appraiser.

Tom began his business in 1970 with his wife Joine Dum, they worked and developed the business over the years.

Tom has belonged to the Appraisal Institute for over 20 years and was the Northern California Chapter President in 1991. In addition to his work, Tom has always been interested in hunting and traveling. At 85 years old Tom retired from the business in 2012. He continues to travel, volunteer his time at his church and write articles for his hunting club.

Doug Demar
Appraiser Associate
Certified Real Estate Appraiser, License # AR026134

Doug Demars was born in San Francisco, CA in 1970.  Although some early years were lived in California, he moved with family to parts of Oregon, Ohio and Colorado.  He returned to Northern California in 1987 and finished high school in Pleasanton.  In 1993, Doug graduated with a BS degree from SJSU and his career began as an appraiser trainee in 1998.  Doug became a State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser in 2006 and has appraised almost every type of single family residential property imaginable.  In 2013, Doug turned his attention to the commercial appraisal field and is now a Practicing Affiliate with the Appraisal Institute with the goal to obtain both his MAI and SRA designations.  Doug has been married since 2000 to his wife April and they have one daughter.  Besides spending time with family, Doug enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, playing golf and is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.



Kathy Frazier-Jones
Trainee Appraiser, License #3000445
BS, San Jose State University, Political Science

Kathy Frazier-Jones grew up in Richmond, CA and graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. Over the years she has worked in the IT, public utilities, recruiting and real estate industries. Kathy has lived in East Contra Costa County for the last 12 years. While working in the real estate industry locally she was very involved in community work. Some of her endeavors include member of the Rotary club, five years writing for the Brentwood Press and 5 years serving as the Co-Chair of the Brentwood Diversity Committee. Networking, meeting new people and volunteering to help out local organizations have always been an integral part of Kathy’s career.

Although Kathy has over 10 years experience in the real estate industry she started her career in commercial real estate in 2012. She began as a Research Technician, obtained her Appraiser Trainee license in November 2012 and is currently working towards her Certified General License.



Lisa Smith
Business Manager & Board Member
Over 15 years experience in Commercial Real Estate

Lisa Smith graduated from Hayward High School and attended Chabot Jr. College. She worked for our appraisal business for 10 years and then left to work in the corporate offices for People Soft from 1997 through 2002. Lisa then worked in residential lending until 2008 which is when she returned to the appraisal business as the business manager. Lisa’s daughter is currently attending Sacramento State.  Lisa lives in Brentwood, is a Golden State Warriors fan and enjoys shopping & spending time with friends.














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