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The team members at L3 Valuation are all licensed to appraise in the States of Oregon and Washington, and all have extensive commercial appraisal experience. All our team members are adept at traditional retail, office and industrial properties, while specialties provided by these team members include mini-storage, urban core apartments, complex land, agricultural properties, and tertiary market analyses for areas such as the Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Valley, and Central / Southern Oregon.

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Kurt M. Mueller, MAI


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James F. Kurasz, MAI, AI-GRS


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L3 Valuation is a commercial real estate appraisal and consulting firm located in Durham, Oregon. The goal of the company is to offer appraisal, review, and consulting services to clients in a professional and timely manner in covering all types of real estate. Though the firm's primary focus is the State of Oregon, we also provide appraisal services for properties located in the southwestern portion of the State of Washington.

To better serve our clients, L3 Valuation created and implemented a proprietary analytical mobile app capable of real-time access to confirmed data via cloud-based technology. Confirmed data includes local, regional and national sales, leases and resource data. L3 Valuation makes certain that our team members have access the necessary tools and information relevant to solving the client’s issues and assuring their needs are satisfied. As a top regional boutique firm, L3 Valuation maintains deep connections within the local brokerage, investment and development communities allowing it access to information unavailable to firms more national in focus.

L3 Valuation considers its clients to be its most valuable assets. We are privileged to serve various small and large financial institutions, pension funds, insurance companies, corporations, developers, private individuals, attorneys, accountants and government agencies. Past assignments have been conducted to serve various functions, including mortgage financing, property purchase & disposition, lease rent arbitration & negotiation, charitable donation & gifting, partnership & divorce settlement, litigation support & expert witness services, condemnation, property tax analysis, appeal services and corporate planning purposes.

The partners and team members are dedicated to the company's goal, to providing a fresh new approachto any real estate problem, and to working with each client on a personal basis. The firm was founded by managing partners - Kurt M. Mueller, MAI and James F. Kurasz, MAI, AI-GRS; each with +25 to 30 years of experience in commercial real estate. Being members of the Appraisal Institute (AI), Mr. Mueller and Mr. Kurasz, as well as our AI designated staff associates, must adhere to strict codes of professional practice and ethics in serving the public.

The firm also includes a team of very seasoned associates, including professionals with over 25 years of experience. All are either designated members of the Appraisal Institute, including the prestigious MAI and SRA designations, or candidates for one of these professional designations. All have extensive experience in providing appraisal and consultation services for a wide array of types of real property and real property interests throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Mueller has been actively involved in commercial real estate and consulting fields since 1986. Before relocating to Portland, he was the owner of the commercial appraisal firm of Mueller and Company in Honolulu, Hawaii, and holds an expert knowledge of ground leases and the valuation of leasehold properties. His specialties include subdivisions, complex land assignments, and a wide array of special use properties such as new auto dealerships, schools/religious facilities, R&D and hi-tech facilities, aircraft hangars, etc. Mr. Mueller is licensed in Oregon and Washington and is also an active real estate developer / investor, and licensed broker in Oregon. Mr. Mueller has direct experience in arbitration, settlement services, tenant lease negotiation, marketing, site selection, and project general contracting.

Mr. Kurasz started his commercial real estate appraisal career with Mason & Mason in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. In 1992, he relocated to Portland, and originally worked with some residential firms, then committing to commercial work in 1994. After working with several commercial firms over the years, including Mueller and Company, he started his own firm, Kurasz Consulting, Inc. in 2003. Mr. Kurasz is licensed in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Mr. Kurasz is a generalist whose specialties include appraisal review, as well as appraising multi-family / manufactured home parks, retail, office, industrial, land and subdivisions.

In addition, the principals of the firm – Mr. Mueller and Mr. Kurasz offer expertise in eminent domain, right-of-way and condemnation assignments. Both are members of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), and pursuing the requirements to obtain the prestigious SR/WA designation.

Senior members of our team include those holding the MAI and SRA designations from the Appraisal Institute, with a deep level of experience appraising in Oregon and Washington, as well as California, Hawaii, and Virginia. The team members at L3 Valuation are all licensed to appraise in the States of Oregon and Washington, and all have extensive commercial appraisal experience. All our team members are adept at traditional retail, office and industrial properties, while specialties provided by these team members include such specialties as urban core redevelopment / mixed-use properties, medical / dental properties, veterinary clinics & hospitals, schools / religious facilities and public facilities, investment grade properties (office, industrial and apartment), hi-tech / R&D properties, historic office, breweries and distilleries, new and used auto dealerships, self-storage facilities, bank branches, car wash, restaurant (sit-down and fastfood), auto service & repair, quick lube, manufactured home parks, subdivision and complex land assignments, high value and unique residential properties, and a variety of agricultural and ranch properties. Areas of specific geographic focus include the Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Valley & Yamhill County areas, and Central / Southern Oregon.

Partial List Of Clients

- AEGON USA Realty Advisors, Inc.

- FDIC

- Portland Development Commission

- Albertson's Companies

- First Citizens Bank

- Port of Cascade Locks

- Arbor Custom Homes

- First Tech Credit Union

- Rabobank, N.A.

- Armed Forces Bank

- First Community Credit Union

- Roberson Auto Group

- Ball Janik LLP

- First Interstate Bank

- Riverview Community Bank

- Bank of America

- Garvey Schubert Barer

- Royal Moore Auto Group

- Bank of the West

- Gevurtz Menashe

- SAFECO

- Banner Bank

- Goodwill Industries

- Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

- Belmar Properties

- Gramor Development

- Standard Insurance Company

- Beneficial State Bank

- Heritage Bank

- State Farm Bank

- Bittner & Hahs, P.C.

- Hillsboro School District

- St. Helens Community Credit Union

- Black | Helterline LLP

- HomeStreet Bank

- Stockman Bank of Montana

- BOK Financial Corporation

- Intervest Mortgage Company

- Stoel Rives LLP

- Buckley Law P.C.

- International Paper

- Summit Bank

- California Bank and Trust

- JP Morgan Chase Bank

- Tigard-Tualatin School District

- Capitol Auto Group

- Kendall Motors

- The CIT Group

- City of Banks

- KeyBank

- Tonkin Torp. LLC

- City of Happy Valley

- Lanphere Enterprises, Inc.

- Tonkin Auto Group

- City of North Plains

- Lehigh Hansen Corporation

- Tri-Met

- City of Sherwood

- Lewis & Clark Bank

- Twinstar Credit Union

- Citizens Bank

- Lithia Motors

- Umpqua Bank

- Clackamas County Bank

- MAPS Credit Union

- Union Bank

- Coca Cola Enterprises

- MBank

- Unitus Community Credit Union

- Columbia Bank

- METRO

- U.S. Bancorp

- Columbia Credit Union

- Mid-Columbia Medical Center

- Venerable Properties

- Columbia Distributing

- M&T Bank

- Washington Capital Management

- Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

- National Mortgage Company

- Washington Trust Bank

- DePaul Industries

- Northwest Bank

- Wauna Credit Union

- Department of Veteran Affairs

- Northwest Farm Credit Services

- Wells Fargo Bank

- Draneas & Huglin, P.C.

- OnPoint Community Credit Union

- Winco Foods, Inc.

- Farleigh Wada Witt

- Oregon Department of Transportation

- Zions Bank

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- Pacific Western Bank

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