AMERIGOLD GROUP

John R. Aube'

I am the son of a Canadian immigrant.  My father was a baker.  Knowing that baking didn't put enough bread on the table, my parents became real estate agents and eventually investors. While other kids were out playing, I was working on the family investments. At 10 years old, I helped my parents remodel houses. At 10, I could lay a floor and operate an airless paint sprayer. I was pretty good with a pick axe as well.

I began my career as a commercial appraiser in 1983. I established American Research and Appraisal Company in 1986. I routinely worked 7 day weeks for 24 years. Over the years, my associates have included Certified General, Certified Residential, and MAI designated appraisers. From 1985 to 1992, I assisted or personally trained more than 50 appraisers, and by 1990 I had one of the largest independent fee appraisal firms in the nation.

In the 1980s, I authored appraisal Standards, Policies and Procedures for federally insured financial institutions in accordance with FDIC and OCC charters.  In 1992, I taught Appraisal Ethics at Mount San Antonio College. By 1994, I became a public speaker for six real estate organizations and annually spoke at the “Real Estate Expo And Conference”, which was a prominent annual national convention held in Las Vegas in the 1990s. I also taught the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

In 1997, I was appointed to the Board Of Directors for the National Association Of Real Estate Appraisers. I held the post through year 2000. In addition, I wrote newsletter articles and guidebooks for the Association. From 1995 to 1998, I taught trade courses for the National Association of Review Appraisers and Mortgage Underwriters at their annual spring conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2002, I taught a continuing education seminar for the Foundation of Real Estate Appraisers.

In 2000 and again in 2005, I personally appraised the University of La Verne. Long term clients include, but are not limited to, Citrus Valley Health Partners, a client since 1989; with In-N-Out Burger and the University Of La Verne both clients since 1994. In the last 29 years, additional clients included but are not limited to, Pepperdine University and Azusa Pacific University.

I have had education and/or affiliations with professional appraisal organizations that include The Appraisal Institute; the International Right of Way Association, the Foundation Of Real Estate Appraisers and the National Association Of Real Estate Appraisers. I have performed appraisals of schools, apartments, high rises, commercial, industrial, land, income, SBA, farm, ranch, special purpose, religious, single family and court appraisals. I have valued fractional rights in realty, leaseholds, ground leases and minority interests. I have provided expert witness services for legal disputes as well as appraisal management services for performing and non-performing assets.

After testifying in numerous legal disputes, I was shocked by the lack of professionalism and integrity in the real estate sales industry. I realized that most salesmen lacked valuation skills. Since I was a seasoned real estate investor and appraiser, I knew I could protect and promote a client's interests better than most of the sales people in the industry. As a result, in 2005; I founded the Amerigold Group, along with my late wife, Lana Sedin. We specialized in representing buyers and sellers in the procurement of real estate investments. It was a very successful endeavor.  We lived the American dream.

Unfortunately my wife became terminally ill. Based on her directive, I closed my office in order to care for her which included home hospice care. After years of fighting her disease, she passed away in 2011. She was my whole world. Her other request is that I continue the Amerigold Group and I remain steadfast in her honor.