Governmental or Municipal Agencies
California Dept. Transportation (Caltrans)
County of Nevada
City of Grass Valley
City of Nevada City
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E)
Placer County Water Agency
Nevada Irrigation District
Wildlife Conservation Board – State of CA
USDA - Rural Development
County of Yuba


Educational Background

California State University Long Beach, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - emphasis in Finance & Real Estate.
Orange Coast College, Associate of Arts & Certificate of Achievement in California Real Estate.

Courses successfully completed with the Appraisal Institute (AI) include Appraisal Principles, Methods & Techniques, Capitalization Theory & Techniques, Case Studies, Valuation Analysis & Report Writing, Standards of Professional Practice, Single Family Residential Appraisal, Fundaments of Separating Real Property, Personal Property, & Intangible Business Assets, and Introduction to Green Buildings – Principles & Concepts.

Litigaton Certificate of Completion having successfully completed the following required AI specialized courses: Litigation Appraising: Specialized Topics & Applications, Condemnation Appraising: Principles & Applications, The Appraiser as an Expert Witness Preparation & Testimony.

Courses successfully completed from the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) include Easement Valuation, Legal Aspects of Easements, Valuation of Contaminated Properties, Appraisal of Partial Acquisitions, Communications in Real Estate Acquisition, Bargaining Negotiations, Engineering, Appraisal & Law sections of Principles of Real Estate Acquisition, Property Descriptions, and Engineering Plan Development & Application.

Continuing Education Seminars attended via AI & IRWA: Spring Litigation Conference 5/14, Economic Forecast 1/14, Detrimental Conditions in Real Estate 10/13, 2013 Litigation Conference AI - Trial Exhibits, Subsurface Easements, & Managing Litigation Process 5/13, Business Practices & Ethics (5/13), Fed. & CA Statutory & Reg. Laws (11/12), USPAP Standards Update 5/12, Uniform Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (Yellow Book) 9/10, IRS Valuation Summit 06/10, USPAP Standards 1/10, Valuation of Easements & Partial Interest in Condemnation 9/09, 2009 Economic Forecast 1/09, USPAP Standards Update 6/08, 2008 Litigation Conference AI – Temporary Construction Easements, Severances Damages, and Preparing for Trial 5/08, Attacking & Defending An Appraisal in Litigation 10/07, Essentials: Current Issues & Misconceptions in Appraisal 10/07, Business Practices & Ethics 9/07, Understanding Environmental Contamination in Real Estate 10/06, California Eminent Domain Appraisal Practice 4/06, Conservation Easements 11/05, Subdivision Valuation & Special Purpose
Properties 10/05, California Eminent Domain Case Update 9/05, Current Issues & Essentials of Appraising 4/04, Uniform Standards Update 12/03, Appraisal Litigation Practice & Courtroom Management 4/03, Scope of Work 3/03, Appraisal Consulting 11/02, Eminent Domain Appraisal Review 10/02, Standards of Professional Practice Part C 3/01, Fractional Interest & Business Valuation 3/00, Real Estate Fraud Investigations 3/00, Valuation of Transportation Corridors 9/99, USPAP Update 3/99, Federal/State Appraisal Law/Regulations 3/99, Valuation of Detrimental Conditions & Litigation Skills 11/98, Severance Damage Update, Water Rights & Cell Site evaluation 4/98.

Professional Licenses
Appraisal License - Certified General in California (AG001511) issued by Bureau of Real Estate. Appraisers; Real Estate Broker License in California (00660553) issued by Bureau of Real Estate.

Professional Affiliations & Designations
Designated Member Appraisal Institute (MAI #7592 & SRA #1866); Designated Member of the International Right of Way Association (SR/WA #4174); REALTOR®, Nevada County Association of Realtors; member of Gold Country Estate Planning Council. Appraisal Institute designated members make a commitment to advanced education and defined ethical requirements. The MAI designation is held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties, and who advise clients on real estate investment decisions. The SRA designation is held by appraisers who are experienced in the analysis and valuation of residential property. The Senior Right of Way Professional (SR/WA) is the most prestigious professional designation granted by the International Right of Way Association to those right of way professionals who have achieved professional status through experience, education, and examination.

Court Qualification
Experienced and qualified as an expert witness in real estate valuation in various California Superior Courts and United States Bankruptcy Courts. Former appointment by the Eastern District California United States Bankruptcy Court as a Resolution Dispute Advocate.

Scope of Experience
Appraisal experience includes valuation of all types and classifications of real property including unimproved development land, single and multi-family residential, commercial, office, retail, and industrial properties. Geographic area of practice emphasis is Northern California and Sierra Foothills. A primary focus of our practice is the appraisal of partial interest for right-of-way acquisition and appraisal of going concern interest wherein the value of a business is an integral part of the real property interest (e.g. service stations, racquet & tennis clubs, etc). Other practice services include litigation support and appraisal services rendered in conjunction with litigated and eminent domain matters,
consultation services in conjunction with the feasibility analysis of proposed development, and/or purchase acquisitions or sale dispositions, and estate planning matters.

Notable Professional & Personal Experience
Currently serves as Advisor for Candidates for Designation (both General & Residential) for Appraisal Institute (AI), 2010-2014 President Board of Directors - Nevada County Historical Society; 2009 Treasurer & Program Chair Historical Society; 2003-2008 member the Board of Directors, Golden Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America; Founding Scoutmaster Boy Scout Troop 855, and Unit Commissioner for Cub Scout Pack 855 - Grass Valley; 1998 President of Board of Directors Chapter 27 of IRWA; 1994 President of Board of Directors Nevada County Big Brothers Big Sisters; past instructor Community College level and for the AI; served on both General and Residential Admissions Review Committees for the Sacramento Sierra Chapter AI and National Review & Counseling and Ethics Committees of the AI; regular contributor to the Gold Country Real Estate Showcase as published by Grass Valley Union newspaper, writing on contemporary real estate issues; past guest speaker for the Nevada County Engineers Association and the Gold County Estate Planning Council; Big Brother from 1982-88. Recipient of the following awards & recognitions: Boy Scouts of America 2003 Silver Beaver Award, Golden Empire Council, 2000 Silver Bear Award Gold Country District, Boy Scouts of America; 1997 Member of the Year, IRWA Chapter 27; 1997 Pack 855 Unit Scouter of the Year; 1987 Big Brother of the Year for Orange County; BSA Sea Exploring "Quartermaster" 1973 (highest earned rank in Sea Scouting).



Daniel R. Ketcham, Real Estate Appraiser

Daniel R. Ketcham & A​ssociates

Published Articles

​by Daniel Ketcham

Daniel R. Ketcham


Just as no two properties are alike, no two appraisers are alike, it is the appraiser's professional experience, judgment and qualifications that will make the difference.

Sierra Joint Community College District

Nevada Union Joint High School District

Placer High School District

Yuba River Charter School

Nevada City Elementary School District

Union Hill School District

Twin Ridges School District

Woolman School – Sierra Friends

Nevada County Fair Board

UC Davis Alumni Association

Primary Market Area
Nevada County, California, with primary focus on Western Nevada County, inclusive of incorporated Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Rural areas include Penn Valley, Cedar Ridge, Chicago Park, and North San Juan.

Secondary Market Area
Surrounding Counties of Placer and Yuba.

Primary Practice Focus
Eminent domain matters for public agencies, estate planning or estate management, charitable contributions, conservation easements and donations, various types of easements, rights of way, expert witness testimony, consultation on various real estate related issues.

Attorneys at Law
Attorney                                                                                 Law Firm of

Steven Spiller & Clarence McProud                                       Spiller & McProud, Nevada City
John Bilheimer & Alan Haley                                                  Haley & Bilheimer, Nevada City
Charles Compton & Ray Shine                                              Compton Shine, Grass Valley
Paul Aronowitz & Lawrence E. Skidmore                                Aronowitz & Skidmore, Auburn
Robert Murphy                                                                       Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard, Sacramento
Anthony Soares                                                                     Minasian, Meith, Soares, Sexton & Cooper, LLP, Chico
Mike McGuire                                                                         Special Counsel, Archer Norris, Sacramento
Gregory Fayard                                                                     Hansen, Kohls, Jones, Sommer & Jacob, LLP, Rocklin
Samuel Emerson                                                                    Best Best & Krieger, Sacramento
Jeffery Galvin                                                                         Downey Brand LLP, Sacramento

Individual Attorneys

Jennifer Wilkerson                                                                 Steven Haas
Charles Farrar                                                                       Scott Richert
Richard Keene                                                                       Diane Iglesias
Scott Browne                                                                          Ann Armstrong
Andrew Harris                                                                        Susan Corcornan
Richard Hawkins                                                                    Nancy Christie

Financial Institutions

Bank of America                                                                    Wells Fargo Trust Department
West America Bank                                                               Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Tri Counties Bank                                                                  Resolution Trust Corporation
Union Bank                                                                            Federal National Mortgage Association

Corporations & Organizations

First American Title Insurance                                               Bear Yuba Land Trust
Trust of Public Lands                                                             Placer Title Insurance Company
Home Equity Relocation                                                        Allstate Insurance Company
Valuation Administrators                                                        First Baptist Church - Grass Valley
Trans America Relocation                                                     Calvary Bible Church - Grass Valley
Newmont Mining Corporation - Nevada                                 Lowell Robinson - Robinson Enterprises
Universal Field Services                                                        Ross Guenther - Emperor Gold Corporation

Jim Didion – former owner of CB Commercial                       Patty Irish - GP, Ninety-Five Ten Partnership
Mike & Maureen Merrill, Northview Estate                             Ken Myers & Jerry Sakai – Altair Subdivision
Lance & Julia Amaral - North Star Mine Holdings                  Bruce Ivy - Earth Song & Button Works
Bob Nix - Gateway Commercial Center                                 Charlie Maier - Maier Manufacturing

Summary of Recent Valuation Assignments

As of March 1, 2017 - As completed by Daniel R. Ketcham & Associates


Retained by investment ownership group to provide appraisal review and
valuation consultation in the matter of a proposed partial right of way taking
from a proposed residential land subdivision by Caltrans in Yuba County.
Services rendered a significant increase in compensation to the ownership.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of seven easement rights of way, in conjunction with the proposed pipeline extension, as located in Nevada County.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of both canal and
access easement rights of way for the Valley View Reservoir, in conjunction
with the proposed acquisition, as located in Placer County.

Retained by City of Colfax and property owner to prepare appraisal of two
commercial parcels, for proposed acquisition by the City of Colfax, as located
in Placer County.

Retained by Newmont Mining prepare appraisal of the value of an existing
conservation easement, for proposed buy-out, as located in Nevada County.

Retained by Successor Trustee to prepare a retrospective appraisal of an owner the lease fee interest in a medical office condominium, as located in Grass Valley.

Retained by Successor Trustee to prepare a retrospective appraisal of an owner occupied retail building, as located in Grass Valley.

Retained by legal counsel to prepare appraisal of diminution of value
attributable to the economic cost of a permanent access right to a residential
parcel, as located in Placer County.

Retained by ownership to prepare appraisal for a partition in kind suit of a
larger rural residential parcel with unique frontage on the Yuba River, as
located in Yuba County.

Retained by ownership to prepare appraisal larger rural residential parcel,
as located in Yuba County. Analysis included study of proposed subdivision
(approved tentative map) of the larger parcel into rural residential parcels.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of two easement
rights of way, in conjunction with the proposed replacement of the Bear River
Siphon, as located in Placer and Nevada County.

Retained by Successor Trustee to prepare an appraisal of industrial site for
partner buy-out, as located in Grass Valley.

Retained by Sierra County Land Trust to prepare to prepare appraisal of a
remote landlocked 80 acre parcel containing a lake, for purpose of purchase
study and negotiations with ownership, as located in Gold Lakes Basin area of Sierra County.

Retained by Trustees of the Lydon Family Trust to prepare a retrospective
appraisal for estate accounting of an eighteen unit apartment property, as
located in Grass Valley.

Retained by KPFF Engineering and Newmont Mining prepare appraisal of
proposed site acquisition from City of Grass Valley of mine shaft parcel for
water discharge and remediation treatment plant, as located in Nevada County.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of canal and access road easement rights of way, in conjunction with the Cascade Canal, as located in Nevada County.

Retained by legal counsel to trust deed note holder to provide valuation and
testimony at mediation hearing. Parcels included four large newly developed
residential home-sites, once of which fronted on the Bear River, in southern
Nevada County.

Retained by property owner to prepare diminution in value appraisal for title
insurance claim, regarding missed NID easement, Nevada County.
Assignment include the study and consideration of a unique hydro-electric

Retained by property ownership to prepare market value appraisal of fee simple interest in a retail/commercial center, for asset management.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of two proposed fee acquisitions from PG&E, that included one improved parcel with a cabin style residence, as located proximal to the Lake Spaulding area, Nevada County.

Retained by Penn Valley Community Foundation to prepare rental appraisal of proposed community center for lease negotiations with County of Nevada for use of public library.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of seven easement rights of way in conjunction with the proposed Rock Creek Pipeline extension, as located in north Auburn, Placer County. Assignment include the valuation of private and PG&E owned lands.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of two easement
rights of way, in conjunction with a siphon for the Renken Canal, as located in Placer County.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal of easement for
proposed acquisition of pumping facility, Nevada County.

Retained by Nevada Irrigation District to prepare appraisal both fee and
easement proposed acquisition for a propose hydro-electric generation facility located proximal to the Nevada County Airpark and within property owned by County of Nevada.


State Highway 20
Right of Way Appraisal

Pipeline Easement
Condemnation Appraisal

Canal/Access Easement
Condemnation Appraisal

Commercial land


Professional Medial Office

Retail Commercial

Driveway Access
Nondisclosure Appraisal

Rural Residential

Rural Residence
Subdivision Appraisal

Pipeline Easement
Condemnation Appraisal

Industrial Acreage
Estate Appraisal

Remote Mountain
Acquisition Appraisal

Residential Apartments
Estate Appraisal

Mine Shaft

Pipeline Easement
Condemnation Appraisal

Home-site Valuation

Easement Valuation

Retail/Commercial Center

Mt. Lands & Cabin
Condemnation Appraisal

Market Rental Rate

Pipeline Easement
Condemnation Appraisal

Pipeline Easement
Condemnation Appraisal

Proposed Pump Facility
Condemnation Appraisal

Proposed Hydro Electric
Generation Facility