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Qualifications of Mark A. Watts

Mark A. Watts is a Partner with Watts, Cohn and Partners, Inc.

Following is a brief summary of his background and experience:


Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Experience

Mr. Watts joined Carneghi-Blum & Partners, Inc. in 1987, and has over 20 years experience in the analysis of commercial real estate. He has completed valuation assignments on a variety of projects, including industrial facilities, residential subdivisions, apartments, shopping centers, cemeteries and recreational facilities. He has also performed feasibility studies and assisted owners in making asset management decisions.

Mr. Watts has provided litigation support and served as an expert witness in court. He has also served in arbitrations as an expert witness. He has been qualified as an expert in San Francisco and San Mateo County Superior Courts.

He currently serves on the City and County of San Francisco Assessment Appeals Board.

Commercial Real Estate Investment Experience

Simultaneous to his work as a commercial appraiser, Mr. Watts has been an active real estate investor/developer. He is experienced in the acquisition, redevelopment and management of commercial properties. He has witnessed and experienced many real estate cycles and stays abreast of current trends. His personal experience as an investor makes him uniquely qualified to appraise commercial real estate.

Over the last 20 years he has completed more than 30 investment real estate transactions, an average of 1.5 transactions per year. He has negotiated with buyers and sellers directly as a principal. He has completed nearly a dozen 1031 exchanges. Beginning with a small initial capital investment, he has built a large real estate portfolio. Based on his ownership experience, Mr. Watts is keenly aware that the success or failure of an acquisition is closely related to its location. Likewise, he is sensitive to locational differences in the appraisal of real estate.

Mr. Watts has broad experience with the construction, maintenance and repair of real estate. He has demolished and re-built two structures from the ground up. He has completed fire damage repairs and remediated toxic mold. He has remodeled kitchens and baths. He has replaced foundations on structures, made additions, and made other improvements. As the quality and condition of real estate has a strong correlation with its value, his experience enables superior judgement of these attributes in his work as a commercial real estate appraiser.

Health Club Experience

Mr. Watts has served on the Board of Managers of the Stonestown Family YMCA since 2002. This is an approximately 30,000 square foot health club facility. He is active on the Facilities Committee. He served as the Board Chair in 2008. He is a member of the Olympic Club in San Francisco.


Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Davis


State Accredited Affiliate of the Appraisal Institute
State of California Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. AG015362

Mark Watts  Commercial Appraiser
Mark Watts  Commercial Appraiser
Mark Watts  Commercial Appraiser
Mark Watts  Commercial Appraiser


Real Estate Appraisal Principles
Basic Valuation Procedures
Capitalization Theory and Techniques, Part A
Advanced Income Capitalization
Standards of Professional Practice
Report Writing
Advanced Applications

Continued attendance at professional real estate lectures and seminars.