Blake started working in the real estate appraisal field as a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992. During this time, he was exposed to a wide variety of property appraisal problems including commercial property appraisal, working farm appraisal, and single family home appraisal. Blake obtained a Master's Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance in 1993. By 1995 he had amassed the required experience and expertise to become a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Missouri.
Blake relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1995, and in 1996 started Vision Real Estate Services with his State Certified General Appraiser license in the State of Oregon. Since that time, Vision Real Estate, now Vision Valuation, has completed nearly 5,000 residential and commercial appraisals in the Portland, OR metropolitan area and the Central and Northern Oregon Coast. He has extensive appraisal experience in high value and historic property, Coastal property, rural property, small-income property, manufactured homes, and all property in between.
Blake is an SRA Member of the Appraisal Institue, Principal Broker of Insight Real Estate, and member of the Portland Metro Association of Realtors. He currently resides in Southeast Portland's Hawthorne District with his two daughters and enough animals to start his own petting zoo.