History

Welcome to the Terra Western Associates website. This section will give you background on our company and its primary associates.

After over 20 years as an independent appraiser, and independent contractor to other companies, Kim Colvin, Ph.D., ARA established Terra Western Associates in Bozeman, Montana in 2005. In the 1980's the general appraisal industry began to be extensively regulated and appraisers have been held to higher and higher standards ever since. Because of the liability involved in the appraisal world many older, more seasoned, rural appraisers are not willing to take on appraiser trainees and with this fact the number of rural appraisers has begun to dwindle. Due to the lack of new appraisers the base of appraisers in many states is becoming smaller and smaller. Terra Western Associates was formed to give our clients a choice in appraisal companies and appraisers. Through our associations we can deliver timely, high quality, reports in many areas around Montana and Wyoming. To date, our associates have over 100 years of combined experience in the appraisal field. 

  • Kim C. Colvin, Ph.D., ARA - Kim is the President and founder of Terra Western Associates and as of 2018 is celebrating her 34th year as a rural land appraiser. She began her appraisal career at Security Pacific Bank in Visalia, CA. She was then associated with Sierra Western Agricultural Services, Inc. for seven years in Exeter, CA. In 1991 Kim moved to Montana to start a family and has been appraising rural properties in Montana and Wyoming for the past 26 years. She has performed a wide variety of rural appraisal assignments including large ranches, dairies, farms, USFS inholdings, and recreational properties. She also has 18 years of experience in the appraisal of conservation easements. Kim is certified general in Montana and Wyoming. Kim has been a licensed Montana real estate sales agent since 1999. You can find Kim's qualifications link at the top of this page.
  • Janet L. Rivera Sharon, ARA - Janet has been a rural real estate appraiser for over 25 years and is a Montana native. She has been a part-time associate of Terra Western Associates since 2008. She specializes in ranches, recreational properties, and large rural residential units. Janet lives in Billings, Montana. She is certified general in Montana and Wyoming. Janet can be reached at 406.855.1727.
  • Rick Six - Rick Six's home base is Worland, Wyoming. Rick is a certified general appraiser in Wyoming. He has been an associate of Terra Western Associates since 2006. Rick began his career in 1987 with Farm Credit Services. After working there until 1999 he left the company to start his own fee appraisal business, Six Appraisal Services, Inc. Rick has over 35 years experience in the appraisal of rural real estate in northern, central, and southwestern Wyoming. Along with his appraisal company he and his wife, Danyen, run a small farming operation in Worland. Rick specializes in large ranch and recreational properties. Rick can be reached at 307.347.3906.
  • Sally Indreland - Sally holds a residential appraisal license in Montana. After many years in the real estate sales industry Sally turned her expertise towards residential and rural residential appraisal. She calls Big Timber, Montana her home and operates under the name of Sally Indreland Appraisals, LLC. Sally performs residential appraisals on a referral basis for Terra Western Associates in Sweet Grass, Park, Wheatland, and Stillwater Counties. Sally can be reached at 406.930.2232 or 406.932.6658.
  • Janet Hoopes - Janet owns Western Ranch Lands Research, LLC and specializes in due diligence and research with agricultural expertise. She is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has a bachelor's degree in dairy science. Janet works daily with the appraisers at Terra Western Associates on file and property research. She comes to TWA with an extensive background in agriculture, having owned her own dairy in Ohio for 16 years. She worked for Landmark (Alta) Genetics in Central California prior to owning the dairy. Janet worked for the Farm Services Agency in the Joliet, MT office from 2009 to 2011. She joined us as an associate in the spring of 2011. She can be reached at 406.600.1245.