Craig A. Nordal is a California State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser with 30 years of experience, over 14,000 appraisals completed! That is experience! He is the owner and chief appraiser for the firm. Craig founded Nordal & Associates Real Estate Appraisal in 1989, and incorporated as an L.L.C. (Limited Liability Company), a form of a California Corporation in 1996, recently changed to an S Corporation in 2006.
A Certified Residential Appraiser in the state of California, Craig is VA Approved since 2017, Craig is FHA Approved since 1994, a past associate member of the Appraisal Institute, and a member of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Appraisers Survey since 1994. Since 1989 Craig has performed over 14,000 residential real estate appraisals!
Craig holds two undergraduate degrees, (previously a professional student) a BS in agriculture from Cal Poly Pomona (1979) and a BA in fine arts from San Diego State University (1983). He also holds a California Teaching Credential (1984). Since 1989, Craig has appraised every type of residential real estate property imaginable, and has focused on the residential appraisal market primarily after his first year that combined commercial appraisal with residential appraisal. Due to the north county San Diego Encinitas location, executive custom homes and beach property, has also become a strong specialty. Craig also specializes in the legal industry, a sought after expert witness for estate, divorce, and property dispute valuations. Craig has testimonials on this web site confirming his high quality of work and his effectiveness as an expert witness. Craig is well known in the lending industry as an honest appraiser who will tackle most difficult appraisal situations that other appraisers lack experience and knowledge to complete. Due to his agricultural background and experience as a farmer (citrus), vacant land, horse property, and agricultural property appraisals are a specialty.
Craig has significant Expert Witness experience in many areas, real property disputes, and divorce and estate valuations and disputes, and appears for the firm as its expert witness. See the testimonials on this web site as evidence of Craigs respect within the legal community and lending community.
Craig enjoys community service in his free time. He served as the President of his Homeowners Association for 10 years 1995-2005. He continues to be an active blood donor for the San Diego Blood Bank for over 24 years, recently reaching 33 gallons donated! He is the past President and co-founder of the North Coast Republican Club in Encinitas, past Vice President, and Treasurer. Craig was a substitute member for the 74th District of the San Diego Republican Central Committee. Craig made a run for Congress in 2018 as part of the "jungle primary" as on of the 16 running in the 49th district race. Craig loves music ministry by singing in choirs and performing on his saxophones and clarinet as a soloist and accompanist, not to mention occasional musicals around San Diego County. Craig is now a regular at the Maranatha Chapel in Rancho Bernardo with his faithful, gracious, and beautiful wife Lori Dawn Nordal. They can be seen at Padre games together behind home plate (with Craigs season seats since 1992!) reaching for foul balls! Craig has enjoyed singing with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus in the past as a member of the "mighty tenor" section, and has occasionally joined the San Diego Master Choral with large vocal performances with the San Diego Symphony, not to mention continueing performances in small concerts with his own professional group, the San Diego Saxophone Quartet. Craig occasionally joins in with praise bands at Maranatha Chapel on his saxophone for the Omega couples ministry. A new addition to Craigs life is with a unique ministry, Shofar Call International. Craig has learned the calls of the Shofar, an instrument used by the Hebrews in biblical times to the present to call to warfare or victory, to praise or worship, to repent, and is mentioned by Jesus as the great last trumpet sound when He returns as King. The Shofar is mentioned more than 100 times in the Bible. He can be heard calling the Shofar with his grandson Noah for special celebrations like Rosh Hoshanah (The Feast of Trumpets) and Chanakuh at Maranatha Chapel.
Craig is also the President of a family corporation, Arroyo Citrus, in the Hemet area of Riverside County which he runs with his brother Curt. Craigs greatest joy in life (besides his wife) are his two daughters, Kelsey and Kristen, three step daughters and 6 grandchildren! All of them share a love for Jesus Christ as their personal saviour!