About Us

Metrocal Appraisal is a Real Estate Appraisal and Consulting Firm.  We provide our clients with analysis, valuations, and recommendations regarding their real estate holdings or potential real estate investment opportunities.  Our expertise includes residential and commercial property types and our geographic footprint includes the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley region from the Sacramento area to the City of Modesto.  We have been in operation since 1992 and our clients are investors, federally regulated banks and credit unions, attorneys, accountants, and private parties.


Metrocal Appraisal

Metrocal Appraisal originally started as DSX Appraisal Services, Inc., in 1992 in Los Angeles, CA.  The company then relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 and has been located in the Tri-Valley (Dublin-Livermore-Pleasanton) area ever since.  At the height of the mortgage finance market, Metrocal Appraisal operated from its Pleasanton location for the Northern California market and had a satellite office in Pasadena, Ca, for the Southern California market.  Since 2008, Metrocal has widened its strategic focus to include specialization in the non-mortgage finance market. 

Today, located in Livermore, California, Metrocal Appraisal serves a wide range of clients in the mortgage and non-mortgage market segment.  We take particular pride in our outreach to the general public in delivering consumer-friendly products and services that are designed to provide meaningful solutions in a manner that is easily understood and with limited technical jargon.

Denis A. DeSaix - Metrocal Appraisal Founder

Denis DeSaix is the Principal and Chief Appraiser at Metrocal Appraisal with over 20 years ofappraisal and consulting experience.Mr. DeSaix’s areas of expertise include complex appraisals, estate and portfolio valuations, consulting and expert witness services for the general public, attorneys, CPAs and mortgage lenders, review appraisals for banks and mortgage lenders, and forensic review work for attorneys and lenders. Denis is a designated member (SRA) of the Appraisal Institute. Denis DeSaix has been qualified as an expert witness for court testimony and has offered expert testimony for real property tax appeal hearings. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, and is proud to have served as a United States Marine.

What is the SRA Designation?

The SRA professional membership designation is awarded by the Appraisal Institute and held by real estate solutions providers who are experienced in the analysis and valuation of residential real property.

The current requirements for the SRA designation are:

  • Pass rigorous education requirements
  • Submit residential experience which must meet strict criteria
  • Receive credit for a demonstration appraisal report
  • Conduct his or her professional activities in accordance with the Appraisal Institute’s Code of Professional Ethics and are subject to a peer review process, which enforces the Code of Professional Ethics
Appraisal Institute SRA members are required to adhere to strict continuing education requirements to ensure they are up-to-date with the evolving real estate field.


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