Ben Slaughter, ARA
Ben Slaughter is a Senior Appraiser at C-X, with extensive experience in agricultural real estate economics, appraisals, and consultation. He is certified in both California and Oregon as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and holds the title of Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA). Ben specializes in evaluating large, complex properties, and has vast experience appraising properties related to the wine industry. In fact, many of his appraisal assignments include valuations of premium vineyard and winery properties in the most coveted areas of Napa and Sonoma Counties. Appraisals for these projects are typically complex in nature, and in many cases, they involve the development of prospective (“as if mature”) market values for properties. Ben is frequently engaged to consult on topics including vineyard and orchard development, appellation valuation, lease negotiation and purchase price allocation.
As a Central Valley almond grower himself, Ben is also highly skilled in the valuation of other permanent plantings, such as nut crops, tree fruit, citrus, olives, and all types of grape varieties. He frequently consults on topics such as lease negotiation, vineyard and orchard development, appellation valuation, purchase price allocation, and rights of way. Ben is experienced in the appraisal of conservation easements, wineries, luxury rural residences, rural subdivisions, open land, leaseholds, and leased-fee interests.
He has contributed many published works, been quoted in numerous publications and other media outlets, served as the featured speaker at a number of industry and academic seminars, and is a qualified expert witness. Ben is a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Recent Speaking Engagements:
Highlights from the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association meeting - November 24, 2015
"California grape vineyard values remain strong," by Todd Fitchette, Western Farm Press
Contribution to Western Farm Press article - December 11, 2013
"Almonds vs. grapes a grower's dilemma," by Dennis Pollock
Recent Appraisal Projects