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Our Appraisers

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Michael Neal Arnold,
Certified Appraiser, MAI, MRICS
Professional Qualifications

A fourth generation Californian, Michael was born and raised in a ranching family in the San Joaquin Valley. He came to Santa Barbara in the late sixties to attend UCSB. Just prior to graduating (Geography/Urban studies), he began in appraisal as an intern with Robert W. Raymond, MAI. Michael focuses especially on valuing unusual properties and working with clients, accountants, and attorneys in estate planning and litigation support. Michael enjoys spending time with his large and growing local family, and has been involved in leadership at Trinity Episcopal Church for years. He also serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.

Thomas A. B. Arnold,
Certified Appraiser
Professional Qualifications

The youngest of four sons, Thomas was born and raised in Santa Barbara.  He attended, and graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in the early 2000s where he met his wife, Cori.  He began his career as an appraiser in 2006 working for Hammock, Arnold, Smith & Company.  Thomas holds a general certification by the State of California which indicates his qualification to appraise all property types.  He is currently a Candidate for Designation with the Appraisal Institute.  Thomas is a father of three children.  He enjoys coaching baseball, softball, flag football, and his participation days at the Oaks Parent-Child Workshop.  He roots for the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Lions.


C. Matthew Neal Arnold,
Appraisal Analyst
Professional Qualifications

Matthew was raised in Santa Barbara. He attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. The draw of family and sun brought Matthew back to Santa Barbara. While finishing his bachelor's degree at CSU Northridge, Matthew began working with Hammock, Arnold, Smith & Company. He was active in a wide range of residential valuations. In 2005, Matthew and his brother, Nathaniel, formed Arnold Brothers Construction, Inc., which specializes in residential construction and development. While Arnold Brothers occupies most of his time, he maintains executive involvement with Hammock, Arnold, and Smith & Company. Matthew enjoys time with his wife and two children, as much tennis as possible, as well as good food and drink.


Jason Nelson
Appraisal Analyst
Professional Qualifications

Jason Nelson has a diverse background in real estate as a developer, land use planner and appraiser with over 15 years' experience developing properties in the challenging Santa Barbara market. Jason has been the lead project manager in the development in over 180 homes in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area as C.O.O of the Oak Creek Company including the design award-winning Tree Farm housing project. 

Jason was born and raised in Santa Barbara and graduated from UC Davis in 2000 with a degree in Urban Planning and Development. He has worked in commercial real estate in San Francisco and in real estate development in the Bay Area. He is currently a candidate for Certified General Appraiser designation and MRICS Charted Surveyor with the Royal Institution for Charted Surveyors. He and his wife Jaime have two children, Molly and Grant, who are both active in water polo and swimming. Jason is an avid golfer, masters swimmer, and lover of all watersports.


When I am in California, I am not in the West; I am west of the West.

Theodore Roosevelt

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