John Brown

John Brown’s many years as a real estate broker, including 28 years as a real estate appraiser, have given him expertise in all property types, including commercial, industrial, multi-family and special purpose properties. He is experienced in all aspects of real estate, including sales, leasing, development options, and alternative use considerations.

Background and Experience

John became a commercial real estate appraiser in 1977. From 1990 to 2005, he enjoyed a successful career as a principal in Duncan & Brown, the Willamette Valley’s largest and most diverse real estate appraisal and consulting firm.

In 2006, John joined Alan Evans and Jeff Elder as a full partner in Evans, Elder, Brown & Seubert Commercial Real Estate.

John uses his considerable technical expertise to properly evaluate properties to maximize their potential. Decades of appraising in the local community have afforded him a historical perspective on the trends of property types, geographic areas and other aspects of the forces that affect the values of real property.

In 1985, John earned the MAI designation awarded by the Appraisal Institute. He has testified as an expert witness in Federal, Circuit, Tax, and Bankruptcy Courts in the State of Oregon. He has authored numerous surveys that are widely regarded as local benchmarks for market trends. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Department of Revenue.

John’s many civic interests have led him to serve as a Eugene Water and Electric Board Commissioner, on the Willamette Family Services Board of Directors, the McKenzie River Watershed Council, Southtowne Rotary, the HIV Alliance Board of Advisors, Downtown Safety Task Force, Lane Metro Partnership, the Eugene Police Foundation, and the Public Lands Advisory Committee.

John’s passion is the outdoors, including fishing, and related outdoor activities. He is dedicated to protecting the local environment and has worked to ensure clean waterways. He is particularly devoted to the preservation of clean drinking water.


John is a native Oregonian and has lived in Eugene his entire life. He is married to Cathy Rodman Brown, a former teacher in School District 4J. He served in the US Army, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Cathy and John have two grown children and four grandchildren, all residing in Oregon.

John can be reached at 541-345-4860 or emailed at