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Meet our Company


Local Expertise

Proudly Serving the Cowichan Valley

Since our founding in 1994, Astro Appraisals has specialized in providing prompt and localized service with a strong focus on the Cowichan Valley.  With a knowledgeable team of appraisers based throughout the region, we know real estate in the Valley inside and out.

Coverage Areas

Comprehensive Service Throughout the Region

We offer comprehensive residential and commercial appraisal services throughout the Cowichan Valley and on Salt Spring Island, including the following communities:


Cobble Hill

Cowichan Bay



Honeymoon Bay


Lake Cowichan


Mill Bay

Salt Spring Island


Shawnigan Lake


Surrounding Areas

Experienced Professionals

Local Expertise, Unrelenting Standards

Our knowledgeable team of appraisers has more than 40 years of shared experience in local real estate.  As members of the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), we follow the highest code of conduct for professional appraisers in the country.  Our team is fully licensed and insured. 

Meet our team:


Kevin Mitchell
CRA, P.App.

Kevin has always been drawn to real estate. One of the original appraisers at Astro, Kevin has been with the company since 1994 and he’s been instrumental in helping it grow to where it is today. Kevin received his CRA designation in 1990, gaining experience at two Victoria-based firms before moving to Astro. He brings more than three decades of valuation experience working in the Cowichan Valley to every property he appraises.


Richard Jansen
CRA, P.App.

A lifelong resident of the Cowichan Valley, Richard has extensive local appraisal experience in the area. Having worked in appraisals since 2005, he received his CRA designation in 2007 formalizing his credentials as an appraiser. Prior to receiving his designation, Richard achieved a BA degree in Economics from UVIC with distinction. Richard has both a professional and person interest in real estate; he has built a few of his own homes and has subdivided the property he lives on.


Sandy Bednarz
AACI, P.App.

With a demonstrated track record in commercial appraisals, Sandy brings previous experience working at recognized local commercial firms, including DR Coell, to her work at Astro. Prior to beginning her AIC candidacy through Sauder UBC, Sandy spent 15 years working in a variety of administrative functions including bookkeeping, marketing, and business systems, where she developed a keen eye for detail and strong research skills.

AIC Candidate

Michael Podgurney

Mike joins the team at Astro with previous experience in both assessment and fee appraisal, along with a BA in English from Dalhousie University. With a strong interest in real estate valuation, Mike became a candidate Member of the AIC in 2018 and is presently working on achieving his Canadian Residential Appraiser P.App. designation at UBC.

Administration Coordinator

Tricia Driver

With nearly two decades of experience working in sales, customer service and management, Tricia is a dedicated administrative professional. Her career spans multiple industries, including several industrial industries (auto transport, windows, waterworks and steel), before transitioning to real estate.

A trusted partner in appraisal services.
Realize your property’s value with Astro today. 

A trusted partner in appraisal services. Realize your property’s value with Astro today. 

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