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Randall Bell is an author, economist, and licensed real estate broker and appraiser based in Los Angeles, California.[2][3][4][5] Additionally, he is the Director of Landmark Research Group, LLC. Bell is a leading expert on real estate damages internationally.[6] He has consulted on Nicole Brown Simpson's Los Angeles condominium; the mansion where 39 Heaven's Gate members committed suicide; JonBenét Ramsey's house in Colorado; the World Trade Center site; and properties damaged in the Rodney King riots and by Hurricane Katrina.[7][8][9][10] Bell also co-founded Bell Anderson & Sanders, an appraisal and consulting firm that evaluates stigmatized properties and served as its CEO for 15 years.[5][11]

Randall Bell
Dr Randall Bell Headshot.jpg
ResidenceLaguna Beach, California
Alma materUCLA, Fielding Graduate University
OccupationReal estate broker, appraiser, economist, speaker, author
Known for"The Master of Disaster"[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Bell grew up in Fullerton, California as the son of an engineer and homemaker, and attended Troy High School.[4] He has an MBA from UCLA.[2][9][10] He received his doctoral degree from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.[12]


Bell began working on appraisals of environmental and asbestos damage in the 1980s.[11] He has also assessed Chinese dry wall and sink holes.[6] In 1992, Bell assessed the damages of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.[8] After the riots, he decided to focus only on damaged properties. Bell created the Bell Chart, a rating system that categorizes the 10 types of detrimental conditions and their corresponding economic damages of properties in 1992.[3][4][11] The system ranks properties from class 1 (no detrimental effects) to class 10 (an incurable condition).[11] In 1994, he began assessing stigmatized properties such as the damages of the Northridge earthquake and wildfires in Malibu, California.[5][10] In 1997, he became the national director of the Real Estate Damages practice of Price Waterhouse.[9] He left the firm in 1999, and co-founded Bell Anderson & Sanders with two partners.[9]

Bell works with properties that have been affected by crime, environmental contamination, construction defects and natural disaster.[5] He has consulted on Nicole Brown Simpson's condominium; the Beverly Hills estate where Charles Manson's followers murdered Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969; the Rancho Santa Fe mansions where the bodies of 39 Heaven's Gate cult members were found, the house in Boulder, Colorado, where JonBenét Ramsey was killed; the home of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza; and the house of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.[1][4][8][9][10][11][13][14][15] He has also consulted on Hurricane Katrina; the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands; the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center; and the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville.[8][9][10] Bell has traveled to Chernobyl, Hiroshima; to the World Trade Center site; and to Egypt, Jordan, Israel and West Bank to find comparisons in properties damaged by terrorist attacks.[8] He has also traveled to Antarctica to interview scientists about climate change how it affects costs, such as insurance for home owners.[16] The Appraisal Institute published Bell's book Real Estate Damages: Applied Economics and Detrimental Conditions in 2008.[6] In 2011, Bell returned from Guam, where he consulted with landowners whose property included the cave where Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese army sergeant, hid for 28 years, unaware that World War II had ended. The landowners opened a theme park on the property and consulted with Bell.[6]


  • Real Estate Damages: An Analysis of Detrimental Conditions (1999) (ISBN 0922154554)
  • Property Owners Manual (2004) (ISBN 0974452114)
  • Owners Manual (2004)
  • Business Owners Manual (2004) (ISBN 0974452130)
  • Home Owners Manual (2004) (ISBN 0974452122)
  • Disasters: Wasted Lives, Valuable Lessons (2005) (ISBN 9781930819436)
  • Strategy 360: 10 Steps for Creating a Complete Game Plan for Business & Life (2008) (ISBN 1933969164)
  • Rich Habits Rich Life (2016) (ISBN 9781933969237)
  • Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success (2017) (ISBN 0996793119)
  • Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heart Around the World (2017) (ISBN 0996793143)

Personal lifeEdit

Randall Bell lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife and has four children from a previous marriage.[4][7][8] Bell volunteers at the Laguna Beach homeless and rehabilitation center, Friendship Shelter.[17]


  1. ^ a b Nanci G. Hutson (4 December 2014). "'Master of Disaster' helps Newtown acquire gunman's home". Greenwich Time. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Cynthia L. Webb. "Appraiser puts a price tag on sites of tragedy". Associated Press. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b Vincent J. Schodolski (1997-11-21). "Need To Sell A House With A History? Call Randall Bell". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Master of Disaster". People. 1997-11-03.
  5. ^ a b c d Carole Fleck (May 1997). "Stigma or Superstition?". Realtor Magazine. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  6. ^ a b c d Cynthia Anderson (December 1, 2011). "Tragic events stigmatize properties". Sarasota Times.
  7. ^ a b Andrew Khouri (2013-10-11). "Appraiser is go-to guy for stigmatized properties". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Alex Greig (2013-10-13). "Meet the Master of Disaster: From murder scenes to sites of satanic worship, Randall Bell is the real estate guru called to value the most notorious houses of horror". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Cynthia Anderson (2011-12-02). "Tragic events stigmatize properties". Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  10. ^ a b c d e Jeff Collins (2013-08-09). "Appraiser of doom finds his niche". OC Register. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  11. ^ a b c d e Christina Binkley (1997-05-16). "Dr. Disaster has a prescription for problem properties". The Wall Street Journal.
  12. ^ "Randall Bell Ph.D, MAI". Winter 2013. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ Cowan, Alison Leigh (12 December 2014). "Newtown Weighs What to Do With Adam Lanza's Home". New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  14. ^ "How to Sell a House of Horrors". ABC News. May 5, 2006. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "Las Vegas mass shooter's Nevada home is up for sale". AoL.
  16. ^ Andrew Khouri (October 8, 2013). "Does Satan Worship Affect Value". LA Times.
  17. ^ Cooker, Matt (March 16, 2016). "Randall Bell Made Millions Appraising the Real Estate of Infamous Homes". OC Weekly. Retrieved April 21, 2016.

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