Hello, and welcome!


My name is Barb Briggs, and I have worked as an appraiser since June 1st of 2017. As I reached a certain age I started to think about retirement and what that would mean for me. Never one to yearn for the day I would retire, I began searching for a career that I could work at as long as I was physically and mentally able. Living close to Rochester, a career that tied into Mayo Clinic's expansion seemed the best bet. I am referring to the "innovative economic development initiative to secure Mayo Clinic's and Minnesota's status as a global medical destination" plan. 


Not only did I find a career that falls in that category, but I found that I enjoy every aspect of the work. From communicating with the Appraisal Management Companies and the home inspections, to creating the appraisal report, I am truly excited to begin each assignment.


I was born in Fort Dodge Iowa and moved to Mitchell South Dakota at the start of my sophomore year of high school. After graduation I stayed in South Dakota another four years and attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion. From there I moved to Austin Minnesota where my parents had transferred with Hormel Foods. I attended the graphics arts program there while trying to decide my future. My graphic arts training led me to Schmidt Prining and a 33 year career in printing. I met my husband Kevin there and we raised two beautiful children, Janie and Adin.  I have lived in and close to Rochester for 40 years.  As empty nesters I am looking forward to the second chapter.


I graduated from Mitchell High School in 1979 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from USD. After graduation I studied Graphic Technology at Riverland in Austin. Most recently I took some accounting courses at RCTC in Rochester. In 2016 I began to work for my Trainee Appraiser License and received the Certified Residential Appraiser designation in November of 2020. My parents stressed that education is never a waste and I have been lucky to have chosen a path that has allowed me get to where I am today.


I contracted appraisal work through my mentor for close to five years. The education I received from him is priceless and I am eternally grateful for his willingness to give me a chance that day I begged him to hire me. As retirement age drew closer and relocation became a possibility, I decided to take the plunge and start my own business. It has been difficult but very rewarding and I am proud of the work I do for my clients.