Welcome to Ensz Appraisal, LLC

Ronald L. Ensz, ARA
State Certified General Appraiser and Broker Associate


Mr. Ensz holds a Broker Associate real estate license in several states and is also a State Certified General Appraiser.  Ensz is the owner of Ensz Appraisal, LLC that provides professional consulting and appraisal services on appraisal problems and projects.  Additionally, Ensz has placed his real estate licenses with the brokerage firm Clark & Associates Land Brokers, LLC and is active in listing and selling recreational, rural residential, farm and ranch real estate.  Ensz has been licensed in real estate sales since March 2002 and has been a licensed real estate appraiser since October 2002.
Prior to becoming active in the appraisal and real estate business, Ensz committed over 20 years of service to the Farm Credit System.  Ensz was employed as a Loan Officer in Minnesota and Colorado from 1980 to 1985.  From 1985 to 1990, Ensz was involved in the “adverse” aspects of lending and gained valuable legal knowledge in the servicing of large non-performing loans.  Ensz was a management leader from 1990 to 2002 managing branch offices before making a career change into the real estate sales and appraisal profession.
Ensz grew up on a diversified family farm in southeast South Dakota near the rural town of Marion.  He attended South Dakota State University and graduated in December 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture. 
Ensz provides a full range of real estate appraisal, brokerage, and consulting services.  Mr. Ensz is experienced in performing appraisals involving farm and ranch real estate, transitional and recreational properties.   Mr. Ensz has completed “before” and “after” appraisals for determining the non-cash donation for conservation easements.  Ensz has testified in Circuit and Federal Courts. 
Ensz received his Accredited Rural Appraiser designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers(ASFMRA)  in October 2008.  Ensz is the current Past President of the South Dakota Chapter of the ASFMRA after being President in years 2013 and 2014.

Professional Training:

  • Uniform Agricultural Appraisal Report (UAAR)  April 2002
  • Appraisal Principles (AI-110)  August 2002  
  • Appraisal Procedures (AI-120)  August 2002
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)  September 2002
  • Principles of Rural Appraisal (A-20)  May 2003
  • ASFMRA Code of Ethics (A-12 Part I) October 2003
  • Appraising Rural Residential Properties (RUR-RES)  January 2004
  • Eminent Domain (A-25)  April 2004
  • Highest and Best Use (A-29)  April 2004
  • Appraisal Report Writing (ALL215)  September 2005
  • Appraising Ag Land in Transition (AGTRANS)  September 2005
  • Modern Real Estate Practices  March 2002
  • Broker Courses 101, 102 & 103  August 2003
  • Responsible Broker Course  November 2006
  • Numerous Real Estate Continuing Education Courses
  • Income Capitalization - Unleveraged (A-27)  August 2006
  • Advanced Rural Appraisal (A-30)  June 2006
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice - Update  January 2007
  • Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (Yellow Book)  August 2007
  • Valuation of Conservation Easements  October 2007
  • Advanced Approaches to Value for Rural Appraisal (A-300)  October 2008

   Professional Training continued: 

  • Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Property  October 2009
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice – Update January 2010
  • Appraising Natural Resources   January 2012
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice – Update January 2012
  • Income Approach Seminar “4-Hour Version”  January 2013
  • The Valuation of Intangibles and Non-Financial Assets  January 2013
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice – Update January 2014
  • Farmland Drainage and Drain Tile Seminar   January 2014
  • IRS Seminar – Donated Real Estate and Conservation Easements  September 2014
  • Cost Estimating Seminar   January 2015
  • Cost Approach Applications  January 2015

   Licenses, Activities and Organizations:

  • Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA), American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)  October 2008
  • President, SD Chapter of ASFMRA
  • SD State Certified General Appraiser, License # 839CG
  • SD Broker, License # 11744
  • WY State Certified General Appraiser, License #897
  • WY Real Estate Broker, License # 4511
  • MT Real Estate Broker , License # 14570
  • NE Real Estate Broker, License # 20080455


Provides RANCH and FARM real estate appraisal reports in South Dakota and Wyoming. RonEnsz is a State Certified General Appraiser in these two States. Ron Ensz has received the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation awarded by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). This is achieved by completing all of the requirements which includes education, work experience, and passing the final accreditation exam.