Randall Bell is an author, economist, and licensed real estate broker and appraiser based in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, he is the Director of Landmark Research Group, LLC. Bell is a leading expert on real estate damages internationally. 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. Bell also co-founded Bell Anderson & Sanders, an appraisal and consulting firm that evaluates stigmatized properties and served as its CEO for 15 years.
|Residence||Laguna Beach, California|
|Alma mater||UCLA, Fielding Graduate University|
|Occupation||Real estate broker, appraiser, economist, speaker, author|
|Known for||"The Master of Disaster"|
Early life and educationEdit
Bell grew up in Fullerton, California as the son of an engineer and homemaker, and attended Troy High School. He has an MBA from UCLA. He received his doctoral degree from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
Bell began working on appraisals of environmental and asbestos damage in the 1980s. He has also assessed Chinese dry wall and sink holes. In 1992, Bell assessed the damages of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles. 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. The system ranks properties from class 1 (no detrimental effects) to class 10 (an incurable condition). In 1994, he began assessing stigmatized properties such as the damages of the Northridge earthquake and wildfires in Malibu, California. In 1997, he became the national director of the Real Estate Damages practice of Price Waterhouse. He left the firm in 1999, and co-founded Bell Anderson & Sanders with two partners.
Bell works with properties that have been affected by crime, environmental contamination, construction defects and natural disaster. 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. 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. 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. He has also traveled to Antarctica to interview scientists about climate change how it affects costs, such as insurance for home owners. The Appraisal Institute published Bell's book Real Estate Damages: Applied Economics and Detrimental Conditions in 2008. 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.
- 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)
Randall Bell lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife and has four children from a previous marriage. Bell volunteers at the Laguna Beach homeless and rehabilitation center, Friendship Shelter.
- Nanci G. Hutson (4 December 2014). "'Master of Disaster' helps Newtown acquire gunman's home". Greenwich Time. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
- Cynthia L. Webb. "Appraiser puts a price tag on sites of tragedy". Associated Press. Cite journal requires
- Vincent J. Schodolski (1997-11-21). "Need To Sell A House With A History? Call Randall Bell". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- "Master of Disaster". People. 1997-11-03.
- Carole Fleck (May 1997). "Stigma or Superstition?". Realtor Magazine. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- Cynthia Anderson (December 1, 2011). "Tragic events stigmatize properties". Sarasota Times.
- Andrew Khouri (2013-10-11). "Appraiser is go-to guy for stigmatized properties". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- 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.
- Cynthia Anderson (2011-12-02). "Tragic events stigmatize properties". Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- Jeff Collins (2013-08-09). "Appraiser of doom finds his niche". OC Register. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- Christina Binkley (1997-05-16). "Dr. Disaster has a prescription for problem properties". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Randall Bell Ph.D, MAI". Winter 2013. Cite journal requires
- Cowan, Alison Leigh (12 December 2014). "Newtown Weighs What to Do With Adam Lanza's Home". New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- "How to Sell a House of Horrors". ABC News. May 5, 2006. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
- "Las Vegas mass shooter's Nevada home is up for sale". AoL.
- Andrew Khouri (October 8, 2013). "Does Satan Worship Affect Value". LA Times.
- Cooker, Matt (March 16, 2016). "Randall Bell Made Millions Appraising the Real Estate of Infamous Homes". OC Weekly. Retrieved April 21, 2016.