Appraisal Qualifications Recap

Employment History:

S J Decker Associates, Inc., Principal Appraiser and Consultant, Culver City, California. The firm specializes in commercial real estate and business appraisal with a staff of three.
Steven J. Decker & Associates, Principal Appraiser and Consultant, Culver City, California. The firm specializes in commercial real estate and business appraisal with a staff of three.
Cushman & Wakefield, Senior Appraiser, Los Angeles, California. Responsible for large commercial real estate assignments and team leader for portfolio projects.
Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, Investment Banking Associate and Project Manager, Los Angeles, California. Responsible for portfolio analysis of leased properties and due diligence analysis of real estate investment companies and REITs.
California First Bank, Appraisal Officer, Beverly Hills, California.
Security Pacific Mortgage Corporation, Real Estate Analyst, Los Angeles, California.

Professional Affiliations:

MAI Member of the Appraisal Institute, (MAI #7761, March 1988), Chairman, Proctoring Committee, Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (1992), Co-Chairman, Proctoring Committee (2001)
ASA Member (Accredited Senior Appraiser, Business Valuation & Real Property) of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA # 20401, November 2010 and December 2014), Los Angeles Area Chapter, Board Member & Treasurer (2013 & 2014)
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, State of California
Licensed Real Estate Broker


Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1981, minor in accounting and business law


“Valuation Issues in Fractional Real Estate Interests and Partition Cost Analysis.” Real Property E-Journal, (Issue 6, 2014): 1-7
"Fractional Interest Valuation: An Empirical Approach." Valuation (Spring 1998): 21-28
"Discounted Cash Flow Analysis and the Appraisal Process: The Application of Probable Investment Value." The Real Estate Appraiser and Analyst (Winter 1985): 13-18.

Expert Witness Testimony:

Mr. Decker has been deposed by opposing legal counsel with regard to several Chapter 11 Bankruptcy cases and a civil case. He has also testified with cross-examination in a jury trial relating to a civil case. He has also qualified as an expert witness in Federal Bankruptcy Court and Superior Court in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Technical Training/Seminars:

Appraisal Institute:
1A-1 Real Estate Appraisal Principles
1A-2 Basic Valuation Procedures
1B-A Capitalization Theory & Techniques A
1B-B Capitalization Theory & Techniques B
2-1 Case Studies in Real Estate
2-2 Valuation Analysis and Report Writing
2-3 Standards of Professional Practice
8-2 Residential Valuation
101 Introduction to Appraising Real Property
102 Applied Residential Valuation
210 Principles of Income Property Valuation
202 Applied Income Property Valuation
530 Advanced Sales Comparison and Cost Approaches
Introduction to Cash Flow & Risk Analysis
Litigation Seminar
Shopping Center Seminar
Appraisal Review Seminar
Subdivision Seminar
The Appraiser as Expert Witness Seminar
Appraisal Reporting of Complex Residential
Properties Seminar
Market Trends Seminar
Special Purpose Properties Seminar
Graphs and Statistics Seminar
Business Practices Seminar
USPAP Update Seminar
American Society of Appraisers:
BV201 – Introduction to Business Valuation - Part 1
BV202 – Introduction to Business Valuation - Part 2
BV203 – Business Valuation Case Study
BV204 – Advanced Topics in Business Valuation
Legal Aspects of Business Appraisal Seminar
The Market Approach for Small Business Seminar
IRS Symposium on Valuation Issues Seminar

Please see the link for Mr. Decker’s current appraisal qualifications. Please call or email us at for a list of deposition and court testimony provided.

Steven J. Decker Qualifications