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The APA Team

Providing quality real estate appraisal in Columbia, Missouri for over 35 years

Austin Ball, SRA


Austin was raised in a ‘real estate family’ in Hannibal, Missouri and he still has a passion for real estate. After graduating college Austin quickly turned his passion for real estate into a career as an appraiser.

Austin is an expert in all residential property types which include unusual, atypical and complex homes. Actively taking routine assignments as well as litigation cases.

In addition to appraisal work, Austin and his wife own several rental properties and a home renovation business. Property valuation and real estate analysis is at the core of everything he does.

In 2015, Austin received his SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute. He previously served on the board for the local Realtor Association and currently serves on the Condemnation Commission for the City of Columbia. Austin and his wife reside in Columbia, Missouri, where they balance raising their three girls.

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Roger Lawrence


Roger has been a dedicated member of APA, Inc. since 1991. He has a Residential Certification in the State of Missouri, and brings vast experience in 1-2 property types across all counties we serve.

In his free time, Roger enjoys spending time with his grandkids and riding his Harley motorcycles.

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Brent Burris


Brent joined the APA, Inc. family in 1992. He has a Residential Certification in the State of Missouri, and brings vast experience in 1-2 property types across all counties we serve.

Brent is dedicated to his family, and enjoys spending his free time with his kids and granddaughter.

Tara Arnett

Appraisal Analyst

Tara is originally from Lebanon, MO and came to Columbia, MO on a golf scholarship to the University of Missouri. She graduated from Mizzou in 2004 with a dual degree in Finance & Banking and Real Estate with a Psychology minor. Upon graduation, Tara began working for a local bank where she worked in all areas of lending and credit for 16 years, with 10 of those years specifically supporting the lending appraisal function.

Tara resides in Columbia with her husband, Brock, and their three children Logan, Reagan, and Blair. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, Mizzou athletics., and being active with her family. 

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Erica Murphy

Office Manager

Erica is the Office Manager for APA, Inc. She specializes in organizing office operations and ensures that APA, Inc. functions with maximum efficiency. She began her career with APA, Inc. in 1993 and is a vital part of our team.

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Randall C Bryson

Legacy – SRA, AI-RRS

Randy started appraising Real Estate in 1980. After 40 years of appraising, Randy Bryson retired in early 2020. He was a staple to real estate valuations in Mid-Missouri routinely taking jobs other appraisers would rather pass on and often being leaned on by banks for rush orders, ‘the tough ones’ and any appraisal questions they had. Randy was passionate about the profession often times mentoring/training and helping other Mid-Missouri Appraisers that are still working in this area today. He was a great asset to all those in the Real Estate profession needing a fair, well written and well supported appraisal.

Randy still lives in Columbia with his wife.