Melissa Bach, MAI, joined Cushman & Wakefield Western, Inc., in January 2013 as the Managing Director of the San Francisco Valuation & Advisory office, overseeing both the San Francisco and Walnut Creek areas.
Ms. Bach is also with Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory group in the Dispute Analysis & Litigation Support (DALS) practice, providing real estate economics and valuation expertise.
She has been a commercial real estate professional in appraisal, valuation and real estate economics since 1988. Appraisal and consulting assignments have included a wide variety of property types including residential projects (single and multi-family land, subdivisions and master-planned communities), industrial parks, small to large-scale industrial facilities, office buildings (all classes), retail centers, medical office, mixed-use properties and a wide variety of development sites. Clients include financial institutions, federal state, county and municipal agencies and governments, property owners, developers, REITs, law firms, domestic and foreign investment firms, and insurance companies.
She has specialized knowledge and experience having completed appraisals and provided consulting analyses on projects including affordable housing developments financed with bond financing and/or Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), conservation easements, wetlands, submerged tidelands, airport facilities, and condemnation properties. Ms. Bach also provides consulting services for a variety of clients to furnish Opinions of Reasonableness for projects throughout the country pursuant to Revenue Procedure 2014-12 (Safe Harbor) concerning Section 47 Historic Preservation Tax Credits.
In the course of her real estate appraisal practice, Ms. Bach has provided litigation support and been qualified as an expert witness in court, providing analyses for complex litigation, eminent domain, bankruptcy, and specialized projects. She has also acted as an arbitrator in resolving matters on issues of real estate values, ground rents, space lease renewals, and related issues. She has been qualified as a real estate expert and provided testimony in the Superior Courts of Contra Costa and Stanislaus Counties and Ontario (Canada), and the United States Bankruptcy Court.
Awards & Associations
Designated Member, Appraisal Institute (MAI) No. 11930
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, State of California, OREA No. AG017144
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, State of Minnesota, No. 40478996