Founding year 2013



Carolyn S. Richards

While practicing real estate in Visalia in the 1970’s, Carolyn was a board of directors member on the local board of Realtors, a member of the California Association of Realtors, NAR, and worked on the legislative committee which helped to create the first time home buyers program. She also assisted two general contractors in completing their home building projects between 1977 & 1983. With the real estate market still in the tank in 1981, she gravitated toward appraising. In 1985 her husband Karl shut down his cattle business and joined her in appraising. Together they started “Richards Appraisals”, have remodeled 16 houses and appraised thousands. She was the appraiser liaison to the Visalia legislative group and on the College of Sequoias foundation board for several years. In 2001 Carolyn joined the Tulare County Executives Association as their appraiser representative and has served as president 3 times. It is one of the best networking groups in the tri-county area. Carolyn has been an annual speaker for “Realtor & appraiser personal safety”, a guest speaker at College of the Sequoias, and continuously councils homeowners on cost effective ways to remodel their homes. She has been FHA approved since 1984. Her business partner/husband is a VA & FHA appraiser and together they enjoy ballroom dancing.

Ed Blumberg

Ed Blumberg is our new treasurer, is doing a truly wonderful job and is a gift to our board of directors!  His bio will be posted soon.   


Julie Areias

Web Master

Julie knows everything the rest of us probably don't know about being a web master.  Her bio will be posted soon.  Thank you Julie!


Board Directors

Name Email Work # Cell #

Carolyn S Richards 559 732-8662 559 288-3654

Ed Blumberg 559 673-5026 559 706-2663
Julie Areias 559-250-5374  
Andrew J. Anderson 559-642-3021  
Karl Richards 559-732-8662  
Wayne Carstens 559 287-0545  
Vern Grant 559 435-5655  

Committees & Chairpersons

Membership Committe
Education Advisor
Chairperson: Andrew J. Anderson