Robert Abelson PhD

Robert Abelson PhD. (AKA Dr. Bob) has been appraising commercial and residential real property in Southern California since 1993.  His appraisal practice assignments specializes in valuation issues for estate tax and planning, income tax issues, charitable donations, litigation, and private party issues such as fair market rent valuations and buyout offer.  Dr. Bob has testified as an expert witness and he values undivided interests in real property.  Bob’s real estate consulting practice includes tax assessment consulting and appeals and real estate forensic data research.  His clients consist of attorneys and CPA’s in large and small firms, trust administrators at institutions and in private practice, property owners and real estate development companies.


In addition to teaching real estate appraisal courses at UCLA Extension, Dr. Abelson is an associate faculty member at Saddleback College where he teaches real estate courses and serves as a member of their Real Estate Advisory Committee.  Bob teaches continuing education classes in Real Estate Appraisal for McKissock Real Estate Schools.  He is an AQB Certified Instructor for the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) courses for appraisers since 2002 and has taught both the 15 Hr. and 7 Hr. USPAP courses well over 100 times each.  He is a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) through International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).  He has presented appraisal subject matter at conferences and chapter meetings for the Southern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (SCCAI).   He is a co author of the California Community Colleges Appraisal Study Guide for Students and Instructors and he has edited and written real estate text book materials for Dearborn Real Estate Education and Learning Express.  Bob received a Certificate in Competence in Real Estate at El Camino College and taught real estate courses there and served as a member on their Real Estate Advisory Committee. 


Prior to becoming a real estate appraiser Dr. Bob was a defense aerospace scientist at TRW Space and Defense Systems Group in Redondo Beach CA (now Northrop Grumman) and at Physics International in San Leandro CA.  His degrees include a doctorate in Geophysics from UCLA, a masters in Physics from UCSB and a bachelors in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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