Rick Engstrom ProWest Appraisal

Rick Engstrom, ASA, SR/WA 
Certified General Appraiser

Rick started in the appraisal industry in a management training position with Hemet Federal Savings. After graduating from California State University, San Bernardino, Rick held various management positions in the real estate appraisal departments.

Working for a combined twelve years with Home Savings of America and Great Western Bank, Rick gained a vast expertise in real estate valuations. As Appraisal Manager of the bank’s Major Loan Department, Rick was involved with appraisals of large general commercial, industrial, residential, acreage, and special use properties. In 1992, Rick moved into the Independent Fee Appraisal field, which he is  a founding partner and President of ProWest Appraisal, Inc.  Rick has achieved two professional designations from appraisal guilds that promote higher education in the valuation industry.

Credentials Include:

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) / American Society of Appraisers
  • Senior Right-of-Way Agent (SR/WA) / International Right of Way Association
  • Associate Member of  American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers    (AFRMRA)
  • Past President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers   
  • Vice President (2014) for the San Diego Chapter of IRWA (2014)
  • Member of the Forensic Consultants Association (FCA)
  • Member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA)
  • Associate Member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)
  • Expert Witness in the Superior Courts of five California Counties
  • Class B1, General Building Contractor, CA State License Board 
  • General Certified Appraiser, New Mexico RE Appraisers Board (not active)


Barbara Engstrom, Certified General Appraiser

Barb has lived in Southern California since 1965. Barb started her career in the Appraisal Department of Security Pacific National Bank, and later moved on to Hemet Federal Savings & Loan where she eventually was the Assistant Branch Manager in the Hemet Main Office.

Seeing growth in her career, Barb became a district supervisor with San Diego Federal S&L, which eventually became Great American Savings Bank. Barb simultaneously worked with her husband in performing real estate appraisal services as Independent Fee Appraisers. When the licensing of appraisers came into effect in 1992, ProWest Appraisal was initially set up as a partnership, designated as a Minority and Woman Owned Business,  which Barb is a founding partner.  She is an officer of ProWest Appraisal, Inc. and a Certified General Appraiser licensed by the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA) in California.

Barb has worked with other designated appraisers on commercial and residential properties all over Southern California, for lending, expert witness assignments, estate and tax planning, and right of way, to name a few.

Property Types Appraised includes:

  • Apartments
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Retail and Commercial Properties
  • Duplexes, Triplexes, and Small Residential Income
  • Medical Offices
  • Office Condos
  • Single Family Residences
  • Condo/Townhomes
  • Neighborhood Shopping Centers
  • Fast Food and Full Service Restaurants
  • Vacant Land
  • Agricultural and Special Use Properties
  • Churches/Religious Facilities
  • Mobile Home Parks
  • Self-Storage Facilities


Randall H. Blaesi, ASA,  Los Angeles County Appraisal Manager

Randy is a Certified General Appraiser with appraisal licenses in California, Arizona and Oregon, achieving over thirty years experience in the real estate appraisal profession. Randy has a track record as a team leader, review appraiser, training and management with real estate appraisal firms and operations. His background includes real estate appraisals involving multi-million dollar projects in the Southwest United States. Randy also has experience with condemnation and eminent domain involving partial and full acquisitions, industrial, commercial, office, multi-family, vacant land, and specific use properties, to name a few.

 Credentials Include:

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers
  • Member of the International Right of Way Association
  • Past President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers
  • Past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers
  • Member of the Forensic Consultants Association (FCA)
  • Affiliate Member of the Appraisal Institute

Cathie ProWest Appraisal

Cathy, Appraisal Administrator

Cathy keeps the office well connected and organized. She is knowledgeable on various appraisal software programs and works closely with our firm and clients. She has the utmost professionalism that we all admire and respect. Cathy has various degrees and licenses, including a law degree and California brokers license.  Cathy loves to go out on assignments and use the appraisers wheel to calculate building and site size.