Real Estate Appraisals, Consulting and Market Analysis
in and surrounding Durango, Colorado
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    Credentials     Robert W. Allen      
      Colorado Certified General Appraiser #CGO1313435      
                        • Short Autobiography                 

I was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1958. My family moved to Darien, Ct. in 1961 when I was very young. I grew up in Darien enjoying typical sailing, boating, swimming and other waterfront activities. I attended public school in Darien through high school. I was a high school All American swimmer in the 50 freestyle - a claim to fame. I went to Colgate University in the fall of 1977 and got my BA in the spring of 1981. I married Debbie Gates (from Dedham, Mass) in 1982. After a short stay in Houston, Texas, I moved to Durango to work with my brother, Cap, who is a local practicing civil engineer. Three years of working with him was excellent experience and I moved on to work for a local appraiser in 1986. I purchased that business in August of 1989 and have been a private real estate consultant in Durango since that time. My wife and I have two wonderful children (a boy born in 1986 and a girl born in 1989). We love Durango and plan to stay.

  Allen & Associates
 1005 East Second Avenue
 Durango, Colorado 81301  USA
 Phone:  970.247.2255
 Fax:  970.247.2259
      • EXPERIENCE  

1989 - present - Independent Fee Appraiser and Real Estate Consultant, The Appraisal Group/Allen & Associates, Durango, Colorado – Real estate appraisals, consulting, marketability, and feasibility studies. Properties considered include residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial and special purpose properties - public and private. Assignments have included: single and multi-family residences; commercial, single/multi-family and multi-use development projects; retail and office buildings; medical office buildings; hotels/motels; mobile home parks; public schools and other governmental facilities; large and small working and retreat ranches; farming operations; nursing homes; office/warehouses and warehouses; religious facilities, other special purpose and special use properties; and eminent domain. Created The Real Estate Watch in 1995( and (no longer available) in 1998 both of which rely upon the assemblage of proprietary La Plata County real estate sale data by Allen & Associates.

1986 - 1989 - Associate Real Estate Appraiser, Willis Associates, Inc., Troy J. Willis, MAI, Durango, Colorado. Properties appraised include residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial and special purpose properties.

1982 - 1985 - Employed as Engineering Technician (civil), Cap Allen Engineering, Durango, Colorado. Specializing in land use planning and development - subdivision improvements design and cost analysis - field and office survey experience including property size, topography, drainage, improvements, utilities, soils, etc.

1982 - Employed as Seismologist by Geosource International, Houston, Texas - data processing.

                        • EDUCATION                   
                        B.A. Colgate University, 1981, Hamilton, New York  
                        • CERTIFIED GENERAL APPRAISER
tate of Colorado #CGO1313435
Practicing Affiliate - Appraisal Institute
                        • APPRAISAL TRAINING            

Successfully completed numerous appraisal and real estate courses and seminars and passed the corresponding exams (if applicable) sponsored by the Appraisal Institute and/or other organizations.

1987 - AIREA Seminar Federal Home Loan Bank Board Regulation R-41c
1994 - Appraisal Institute Seminar - Subdivision Analysis
1994 - Appraisal Institute Seminar - Rates, Ratios and Reasonableness
1994 - Appraisal Institute Seminar - Understanding Limited Appraisals - General
1995 - Appraisal Institute Seminar - Fair Lending and The Appraiser
1995 - Bank One Matchmaker Seminar - Bankers-N- Appraisers
1997 - CLE International Seminar - Real Estate Development
1999 – Understanding Conservation Easements, Estate Planning and the New Tax
2000 – International ROW Association – Legal Aspects of Easements
2000 – Professional Exchange Accommodators, LLC 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges
2000 – Federal Land Exchanges and Acquisitions (ASFMA)
1988 - Real Estate Appraisal Principles
1988 - Standards of Professional Practice
1989 - Basic Valuation Procedures
1989 - Capitalization Theory and Techniques - Part A
1989 - Capitalization Theory and Techniques - Part B
1990 - Case Studies in Real Estate Valuation
1990 - Report Writing and Valuation Analysis
1993 - Standards of Professional Practice - Part A
1993 - Standards of Professional Practice - Part B
1994 - Appraisal Institute Seminar Understanding Limited Appraisals
1997 - Standards of Professional Practice - Part C
2005 - The Appraiser as Expert Witness
2005 - Conservation Easements - Playing by the rules
2006 - Appraisal Institute Seminar Intro to GIS Applications to Real Estate Appraisal
2007 - Appraisal Institute Seminar State of Colorado Statues and Rules
2007 – Appraisal Institute Seminar National USPAP update
2008 - Appraisal Institute Seminar Appraising Convenience Stores
2008 - American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers - Conservation
          Easement Appraisal
2009 – Appraisal Institute Seminar National USPAP update
2009 - Appraisal Institute Seminar Eminent Domain and Condemnation
2009 - Appraisal Institute Seminar Analyzing Distressed Real Estate
2009 - Appraisal Institute Seminar Business Practices and Ethics
2010 - Appraisal Institute Seminar - IRS Seminar Conservation Easements
2011 - Appraisal Institute Seminar - National USPAP Update
2012 – Appraisal Institute Course 833 – Fundamentals of Separating Real Property,
          Personal Property, and Intangible Business Assets
2012 – Appraisal Institute Webinar – IRS Valuation
2012 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Scope of Work
2013 - Appraisal Institute Seminar - National USPAP Update
2013 – Real Estate College of Colorado – Know the Code: Real Estate Ethics
2014 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Perfect Title/Imperfect Property
2014 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Using Spreadsheet Programs in Real Estate Appraisals
2015 – Appraisal Review for Commercial Appraisers
2015 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – National USPAP Update
2015 - Appraisal Institute Seminar – Cool Tools: New Technology for Real Estate Appraisers
2016 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Valuation Challenges Appraising Properties in Resort and Mountain Communities
2016 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Developers Perspective, The Rent vs. Buy Dilemma
2016 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Hotel Appraisals & CO Lodging Market Trends
2017 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – National USPAP Update
2017 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Trends in Health Care Real Estate
2017 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Colorado Property Taxes
2017 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Valuing Fractional Interests
2018 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Reviewer/Regulator Perspectives
2018 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Hot Topics & Myths in Appraiser Law
2018 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – The Valuation of Solar Photovoltaic Systems
2019 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Business Practices and Ethics
2019 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Mountains and Valleys Valuations
2019 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Appraisers Spreading Their Wings
2019 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Opportunity Zones
2019 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – National USPAP Update
2020 – The Appraisal Foundation Webinar – USPAP – Compliant Sample Evaluations and Update on Standards
2020 – Appraisal Institute Seminar - Land Development Factors
2020 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – Colorado Post-COVID-19 Submarket Update
2020 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – DORA Update/Compliant Appraisal reports
2020 - Appraisal Institute Seminar – Colorado Buried Treasures – (Environmental issues)
2021 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – 2021 Colorado Economic and Real Estate Update
2021 – Appraisal Institute Seminar – National USPAP Update

                        • EXPERT TESTIMONY
Qualified as an expert witness in real estate matters in District Court, La Plata County, Colorado
                        • PUBLICATIONS
Prepare and present The Wells Group Forecast – an annual publication and public presentation analyzing the local Durango/La Plata County real estate market 2001 – present
Link to 2021 Durango Real Estate Forecast

Publish Durango Real Estate Watch (DREW) – monthly summary compendium of real estate sale and related activity in La Plata County
                        • PARTIAL LIST OF CLIENTELE
Bank of America Bank of Colorado
Bank of Durango Bank of the San Juans
Brennan Oil Company Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
City of Durango Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Colorado State Land Commission Community Banks of Colorado
Durango School District 9R Exxon Company U.S.A
First Interstate Bank of Denver First National Bank of Albuquerque
First National Bank of Durango First National Bank of Farmington
First Interstate Bank First Security Bank, Salt Lake City
GF Properties Group La Plata County Government
Mancos Valley Bank Mercy Medical Center
Outward Bound School Pepsi Company
Pine River Valley Bank Resolution Trust Corporation
Southern Ute Indian Tribe Tierra Group
U.S. Department of Justice Vectra Bank Colorado
Wells Fargo and numerous attorneys, individuals, and developers
                        • REFERENCES
Available upon request
          Trails 2000 (local trails advocacy group) Founding Board President 1993 - 1999
La Plata County Community Development Council - Board Member 1995 - present
AABC Willie Mays/Pee Wee Reese Little League Baseball Manager 1995-97
Durango Community Recreation Center Steering Committee - 1998
Chairman Durango School District 9R Finance Advisory Committee 1998 – 2000
Member Durango School District 9R Superintendent Search Committee – 1999
Member Durango School District 9R Blue Ribbon Facilities Committee – 2000/2001
Member Durango School District 9R High School Principal Selection Committee – 2001
Member Grandview Rural/Urban Incentives Demonstration (GRID) Citizen Working Group – 2002/2003 - investigate use of Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) in La Plata County
Member La Plata County Forum
Elected Board Member – Downtown Durango Partnership – 2004-2006
Appointed Member – Downtown Durango Vision and Strategic Plan Steering Committee – 2004-2005
Durango City Council Appointed Board Member – Business Improvement District BID – 2005 – 2013
City of Durango - Business Improvement District Board Chair - 2011 -
City of Durango – Transportation and Parking Demand Management – BID representative - 2012 - 2013
City of Durango – Parking Advisory Committee – BID representative 2012 - 2013
Durango/La Plata County Airport – Planning Advisory Committee (new airport terminal facilities) 2014 – 2015
La Plata County Commissioner requested member La Plata County Fiscal Sustainability Committee 2015
City of Durango – Housing Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC) – 2015 – 2017
City of Durango – Transit and Housing Linkage Working Group – 2017
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Historic postcard credit - Thanks to Nina Webber (my mother-in-law) for sharing her old postcard collection with me.
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