John Child & Company is a professional corporation that specializes in real estate appraisal, consulting, and business valuation. It is the only company in Hawaii with expertise and professional designations in both real estate appraisals and business valuations.
John Child & Company provides a critical knowledge of real estate market conditions and trends. Our clients have confidence that John Child & Company valuation and consulting assignments are based on competent research, extensive field experience, and ongoing education.
Our professional team members hold local, regional, and national leadership positions in their professional organizations, helping to establish and promote the highest standards of professional practice and ethics for the industry.
KAREN CHAR, MAI, CRE, ASA
As President of John Child & Company, Karen is responsible for developing and managing the Company’s professional practice that includes real estate appraisal and consulting and business valuation. She specializes in complex real estate and business valuation assignments.
Karen originally joined the Company in 1973 and has more than 40 years of professional experience. She has served in elected and appointed national and international leadership positions in the Counselors of Real Estate and the Appraisal Institute. In 2010 she received the prestigious James Felt Creative Counseling Award from The Counselors of Real Estate.
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PAUL D. COOL, MAI, CRE
Paul joined John Child & Company in 1972. With this perspective, Paul understands the cyclical nature of Hawaii’s real estate markets. Paul has extensive knowledge of the valuation of partial takings, conservation easements and other atypical ownership interests. He is also active in lease rent renegotiations, having participated as an arbitrator and serving as a testifying valuation expert.
Paul serves in leadership positions in the Hawaii Chapters of Appraisal Institute, Counselors of Real Estate, and NAIOP Hawaii.
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SHELLY H. TANAKA, MAI, AI-GRS
Shelly estimates the value of closely-held businesses and real estate in Hawaii. Because of her expertise in both real property and business valuation, she is able to effectively assist clients with their estate planning and gifting decisions, tax reporting, acquisitions and mergers, stock transfers and redemptions, and internal accounting.
Shelly's real estate valuations have included a variety of industrial, commercial, agricultural and resort properties, conservation easements, partial takings, and complex or limited-market properties such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, and churches. She provides real estate consulting and market assessments for a diverse client base that have included developers, schools and other nonprofit organizations, attorneys, and private trusts. Shelly has also provided expert testimony and has served as a party-appointed and third-party arbitrator in various proceedings.
Shelly is an active member of the Appraisal Institute and currently serves as a Region VII Director to the national Board of Directors. She is also a Board of Director and current Vice Chair for the Appraisal Institute’s Education and Relief Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed to foster the advancement of the real estate appraisal profession.
MASAYO K. ALLEN, MAI, ESQ.
Masayo specializes in complex real estate valuation assignments. Her valuations are used for estate planning and gifting decisions, acquisitions and mergers, tax reporting, and litigation, arbitration, and mediation negotiations.
Masayo’s real estate valuations have included a variety of industrial, retail, commercial and medical office, multifamily, land, conservation easements, partial takings, and fiscal and economic impact studies. She also provides real estate consulting and market assessments for rent renegotiations and litigation support.
John Child & Company was established by John F. Child, Jr. in 1937. The Company was the first firm to specialize in market research in Hawaii. Since 1937, the Company has provided critical knowledge of real estate market conditions and trends gained from the strength of its market research. As a result, its clients have confidence that John Child & Company real estate appraisal and business valuation assignments are based on competent analysis and careful documentation, and its consulting assignments focus on the key issues and provide sound alternatives.
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Real Estate Appraisal and Consulting
The Company's real estate consulting and appraisal practice includes a range of specialized services covering real estate in Hawaii and the Pacific area. Professional services include:
Its assignments include all types of real estate interests such as fee simple, leasehold, leased fee, and other partial rights and fractional interests. Its assignments cover a variety of land uses and property types such as:
The Company's business valuation practice focuses on the valuation of closely-held businesses, including controlling and minority interests in corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and family limited partnerships. Its business valuation practice provides assistance in: