510.548.1210 info@yovino.com

Michael Yovino-Young

Ph: (510) 548-1210 ext. 12

Michael Yovino-Young grew up in Albany and Berkeley, attended local schools and after a stint in the Air Force, worked as a mortgage banker in Washington, D.C. before returning to Berkeley and Cal for an MBA degree. Starting his appraisal career in 1960 as a disciple of a legendary pioneer in the real estate appraisal industry, George Hoyt, FASA, the opportunities were many to appraise an extraordinary variety of property types ranging from 5000 acre ranches, oil wells, gold mines, and perhaps the most unique, the island of Alcatraz.

An avid sailor and former Commodore of Berkeley Yacht Club, Michael has developed a specialty in appraising waterfront properties including marinas, islands, aqua-culture businesses, boat yards, and larger scale developments in water front locations.

Since 1975, hospitality properties became another specialty with appraisals of more than 450 bed and breakfast inns, boutique lodging properties, and destination resorts throughout California, various western states, British Columbia, and Mexico. Michael was a co-author of a pioneering bi-annual financial operating data study of the small lodging industry that now encompasses the entire country. He is an annual speaker in events by both state and national lodging organizations.

In 1978, Michael was appointed Chief Appraiser by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in a special investigation of the then L.A. County Assessor. The 18 month assignment included appraising and auditing appraisals of more than $1 billion in high profile real estate including Dodger Stadium, major film studios, possessory interests at Los Angeles International Airport, major office building buildings including Century City and downtown Los Angeles. The job concluded with testimony before a Grand Jury.

Michael’s teaching career started early as a Assistant Lecturer at Cal, followed by more than a decade at California Extension and Peralta Junior College District campuses, and eventually, as a Senior Lecturer on the Adjunct Faculty of the Graduate School at Golden Gate University.


General Certified Real Estate Appraiser, by State of California, Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA)

License Number AG002841 Renewal Date: 2022

  • MAI Appraisal Institute, Recertified to 12/31/2020
  • FRICS Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London
  • ASA Accredited Senior Appraiser, Urban Properties,
  • American Society of Appraisers, Reaccredited to 8/19/2020
  • SRA Appraisal Institute, Recertified to 12/31/2020
  • RICS Continuing Professional Development  (CPD) current
  • Member International Right of Way Association (retired)
  • Arbitrator Commercial Arbitration Tribunal, Retraining Completed Feb. 2000 American Arbitration Association (retired)
  • Past Chairman, Commission 9 Valuation and Property Management, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), Copenhagen, Denmark (for Appraisal Institute)


M.B.A., Urban Land Economics University of California at Berkeley 1963

B.Sc., Commerce Santa Clara University 1958

Continuing Education Requirements completed for BREA through June 2018, and MAI and ASA through 2020.


Full time general appraisal practice since 1960, including all types of urban and regional real estate throughout the State of California, and western United States, British Columbia, Mexico, England, Switzerland, and Italy. Instructor & Lecturer for Appraisal Institute, former American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, former Society of Real Estate Appraisers, American Society of Appraisers, U. of California, Graduate Adjunct Faculty @ Golden Gate University, and Peralta Junior College District. International Consulting services through FIG member associations.

Market value appraisals for private parties, institutional lenders, insurance valuations, feasibility and investment analyses, portfolio management and audit, appraisal review.

Areas of specialization include commercial & industrial properties, special purpose properties including entertainment businesses, government & institutional property, transient lodging, marina & waterfront land uses, special interest & public interest properties including conservation easements, parkland, ocean frontages, leases & all purpose easements.


Qualified and experienced expert witness for all state and federal courts, State FTB, and IRS. Court appointed arbitrator, umpire, commissioner in real estate valuation disputes. Litigation support and forensic services, review, critique, and preparation of examination of experts. Sole Arbitrator & Neutral/Third Panelist


Appraisal and consulting services for marriage and partnership dissolutions, estates, probate, gifting, discounted fractional interests, tax disputes involving real estate and ownership interests. Arbitration services.


Insurance damage appraisals, catastrophic events with pre and post event valuation analyses, eminent domain, environmental impact, stigma and endangerment issues, construction defects, missed easements.