Ray Vandeveer is the owner and President of Associate Appraisers. Graduating from St. Cloud State University in 1975 with a B.S. in marketing, Ray worked a few months as a painter in new home construction before beginning to buy and renovate older homes in Minneapolis. This soon led to the establishment of a general contracting company which he turned over to his partner a few years later.
Obtaining his real estate license in 1978, he also trained for and received certification as an energy auditor and truth in sale of housing evaluator for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ray began appraising in 1981, training under then owner Greg Dexter, a respected seasoned appraiser. Ray purchased the business in 1984.
Sharing the goal of enhancing the profession, Ray has contributed many hours to the Society of Real Estate Appraisers (now joined with and known as the Appraisal Institute-conferring it’s members the SRA and/or MAI designations) and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA-conferring the IFA and IFAS designations).
Vandeveer has served in numerous offices for the NAIFA Metropolitan Chapter, including the honor of serving as President (1987) and selection to Admissions Committee Chair for 1988 and 1989. He was also selected by his peers as Chair of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers Professional Practice, Ethics and Standards Committee in each of the years 1988, 1989 and 1990).
Ray is a certified state of Minnesota Approved Instructor of Real Estate and Appraisal Education in 1991 and has taught numerous real estate appraisal classes.
Ray Vandeveer has served his community for many years, including service as a City of Forest Lake Planning Commissioner, before his election to five terms as State Representative, and most recent election to the Minnesota State Senate as Senator for District 52.
As owner and principal operator of Associate Appraisers Ray has given the company a clear mission: “To provide real estate appraisals of the highest quality and reliability in the shortest possible time”.