As a leader in real estate valuation and consulting, Simon & Hower, Inc., offers an array of appraisal services, experience and expertise to both the public and private sectors. We are comprised of accomplished professionals dedicated to providing exceptional service and quality.

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About Us

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Simon & Hower, Inc. began as Simon Company in 1992, and since then, has been providing real estate appraisal services to the Central Valley. The founder, Timothy “Tim” Simon, MAI, was born and raised in Hanford, California. He started with the intent to provide high quality appraisals to his hometown. In the last 25 years, the company has prepared real estate valuations for local governments, banks, health care providers, attorneys, estates, and many more clients. In 2017, the California State Controller’s Office appointed Tim as the Probate Referee for Kings and Tulare Counites. Subsequently, in 2018, Simon Company became Simon & Hower, Inc. when Jacob Hower, MAI, took the lead in the business. Although Tim is no longer part of the company, he continues to be a knowledgeable resource.

Simon and Hower, Inc. is now comprised of three full-time appraisers: Jacob Hower, MAI, Jeremy Hanson, and Mark Myers. Collectively, the firm offers over 25 years of appraisal experience. Christine Shepheard manages the office and handles daily operations. As a firm, we believe understanding your market is critical to providing competent valuation services, which is why we live where we work. Our primary service areas include, Kings County, Tulare County, Fresno County and Kern County. Our extended services span throughout the Central Valley.

Our Services

No appraisal is too big or too small - Simon & Hower, Inc. is ready to take on your job with our signature professionalism and experience. Learn more about our services below.

It pays to have experience and knowledge on your side, especially when it comes to planning your future in real estate. For many of our Clients, Simon & Hower, Inc. is a trusted partner for regular consultation services. We provide fair market rent surveys, feasibility studies and market analysis, to aid clients in their real estate decisions.

We have appraised investment properties exceeding 1,000,000 square feet, owner-user developments less than 1,000 square feet, and everything in between. We have extensive experience with most types of commercial real estate, including:

  • Office
  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Warehouse
  • Multi-family
  • Self-storage
  • Public facilities
  • Churches
  • Residential
  • Subdivisions
  • Commercial land

The mainstay of the Central Valley is agriculture and much of our work is done in this field. Values ebb and flow with commodity prices, which is why we study commodity trends. We have appraised numerous types of agriculture, including:

  • Row crops
  • Nut crops
  • Stone fruit
  • Citrus
  • Vineyards
  • Dairies
  • Conservation easements
  • Packing houses
  • Cold storage facilities

We have experience providing litigation support for numerous court proceedings related to real estate valuation, including:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Gifting
  • Division of assets
  • Divorce
  • Eminent domain
  • Estate planning
  • Insurance claims and disputes
  • Partnership dissolutions

Did you know that under California Law, private property owners are entitled to their own appraisal at a cost up to $5,000, paid for by the condemning agency? There is a lot to consider in an eminent domain appraisal. We analyze the larger parcel from all angles to make sure the property owner is “made whole.” Whether our Client is the condemning agency, or the private property owner, we take care to provide an unbiased and equitable appraisal. We have worked with numerous cities, counties, school districts, private property owners and lawyers, to provide fair and impartial appraisal services. We are experienced in the following types of cases:

  • High Speed Rail
  • Road widening
  • Permanent easements
  • Temporary easements
  • Well sites
  • Tank sites
  • Overcrossings
  • Undercrossings

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Simon & Hower, Inc. provides high quality appraisal services and specializes in commercial and agricultural property types.

We offer 24Hrs Emergency Services

Work Hours

MON-FRI 8:00am-5:00pm,
SAT-SUN closed

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1306 N Irwin St
Hanford California 93230


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