We not only strive to satisfy our customers, but aspire to perform above your expectations.  Our friendly and attentive staff is looking forward to serving you.


Our staff receives the best training and we use state-of-the-art technology to provide the most professional service available. 

Our Team of Professionals


Brett Berger, ARA


Farm & Commercial Ag Appraiser






Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Illinois and Indiana.

Licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois.

30 years of experience.

Staff Appraiser for Farm Credit Services of Illinois for 14 years.

Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) from the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers.


Professional Memberships and Designations:

Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers since 1995. (Continuing education requirements are current.)

Member of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA)

ASFMRA - Review Appraiser for District 3, (Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan), of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (2015-present)

ISPFMRA - Education Committee member (1996-2009).

ISPFMRA - Fall Tour & Meeting Committee Chairman (2000)

ISPFMRA - Southern Region Public Relations Committee Chairman (2001, 2002)

ISPFMRA - Land Values & Lease Trends Project contributor (2005-2011)



Illinois State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser

License No. 553.001134; Expires 9.30.21


Indiana State Certified General Appraiser

License No. CG40801010; Expires 6.30.22


Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker (1st Illinois Ag Group)

License No. 475.162980; Expires 4.30.2022


Appraisal Education:

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)

A-10 "Fundamentals of Rural Appraisal", 3/93, Mt.Vernon IL

A-12 "Standards & Ethics", 5/95, Mt. Vernon IL; 8/05, Effingham IL

A-15 "Report Writing", 7/97, St. Louis MO

A-18 "Income Capitalization Unleveraged", 3/94, Memphis TN

A-20 "Principles of Rural Appraisal", 9/93, Columbia SC

A-25 "Eminent Domain", 5/97, Colorado Springs CO

A-29 "Highest & Best Use", 4/96, Dayton OH

A-30 "Advanced Rural Appraisal", 2/96, Memphis TN & 6/98, Spokane WA

A-35 "Advanced Appraisal Review", 3/96, Lexington KY

Swine Facility Valuation, 10/94, Bloomington IL

Rural Residential Appraisal, 3/96, Bloomington IL

Minerals Appraisal, 9/96, Mattoon IL

Cost Approach & Sales Analysis, 9/96, St.Louis MO

Conservation Easement Seminar, 11/98, Denver CO

UAAR Seminar (2 day), 6/2000, Champaign IL

Discounting and Cash Leases, 5/2002, Collinsville IL

Undivided Partial Interest, 5/2002, Collinsville IL

UAAR Seminar - 2 Day, 5/2004, Champaign IL

USPAP (A-12 Part III), 3/2005, Champaign IL

Appraising Agricultural Land in Transition, 3/2005, Champaign IL

Cost Approach Seminar, 5/07, Bloomington IL

Discounting and Cash Leases, 5/07, Bloomington IL

Code of Ethics, 10/2007, Champaign IL

7-hour National USPAP Course, 12/13, Effingham IL

Wind Power Seminar, 2/10, Mahomet, IL

Sales Comparison Approach seminar, 2/1313, Champaign IL

Wind Farms - A Valuation Primer, 2/14, Decatur IL


American Society of Appraisers & ASFMRA

Rural Business Valuation, 6/97, St.Louis MO

Understanding Conservation Easement Valuations, 2/11, Effingham IL


National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers

3.0 Valuation of Landscape, Timberland, & Orchards, 4/02, Evansville IN


Real Estate Education Company

Appraising the Single Family Residence, 10/93, Bloomington IL


The Appraisal Institute

410 Standards of Professional Practice - USPAP Part A, 11/99, Indianapolis IN

420 Standards of Professional Practice - Part B, 11/99, Indianapolis IN

Basic Income Modeling Using Spreadsheets, 4/98, Chicago IL


McKissock School of Appraisal Education

Regression Analysis, 9/97, Collinsville, IL

Fair Lending for Appraisers, 4/2001, Collinsville, IL

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, 5/2003, Evansville, IL

Scope of Work, 3/2007, Collinsville IL

Fannie Mae Form 1004MC, 7/2009, Mt. Vernon IL

Current Issues in Appraising, 8/5/09, Carterville IL

Appraising FHA Today, 9/2009, Collinsville IL

Introduction to Expert Witness Testimony, 12/2010, Collinsville IL

Deriving & Supporting Adjustments, 5/2012

Introduction to Regression Analysis for Appraisers, 5/2012

Introduction to Complex Appraisal Assignments, 6/2012

Appraising in a Post-HVCC World, 6/2012

REO & Short Sales Appraisal Guidelines, 6/2012

Residential Appraisal Review, 3/22/2013

Introduction to Residential Green Building for Appraisers, 5/13/13


Professional Affiliations & Community Activities:

Member Wayne County Farm Bureau.

Board member of the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission (2012-2013).

Member of the Edwards County Economic Development Council (2013).

President of Graceland Cemetery, Albion IL.


Kayleigh Witter,

Associate Appraiser

Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker



Bachelor's of Business Administration from McKendree University.


Kayleigh is our office manager and in charge of real estate market data research. She is an Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker and an agent for Buy A Farms Land & Auction Company. Kayleigh is a member of the REALTORS® Land Institute. Working with the Berger appraisal company, Kayleigh understands rural real estate values and trends. Being a broker with Buy A Farm, she can put the marketing power of Southern Illinois' premier rural real estate brokerage company to work for you. Kayleigh also assists on appraisals and is responsible for creating marketing materials for the company.


Kayleigh is a licensed Associate Real Estate Trainee Appraiser in Illinois.


Appraisal Education:

  • Basic Appraisal Principals
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures
  • National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

Shari Berger, Vice President

Illinois Licensed Real Estate Broker






Shari Berger has Masters degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Eastern Illinois University.

Janet Spaulding, Staff Assistant

& Real Estate Research Specialist

Janet grew up on a family farm and has many years of office experience. She is responsible for gathering sales & various clerical duties.


Brett W. Berger, Inc.

Rural Real Estate Appraisals & Consulting


P.O. Box 502

Fairfield, Illinois 62837


OFFICE: 618.847.0163

Brett Cell: 618.838.8900

Kayleigh Cell: 618.445.1790



See current listings: buyafarm.com


Or use our contact form to inquire about any questions, comments, or concerns.  We will respond to you promptly.

Our Core Values

We believe that success and customer loyalty is earned.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve every single client, and know that it will take hard work to provide the professional service that you deserve

(1 Thessalonians 4:11).


Honesty and integrity are vital for the services that we provide.  We don't manipulate the numbers for predetermined values.  Our goal is to provide fair and accurate appraisals, so that you can make well-informed decisions.  Furthermore, we respect your privacy and will keep your information confidential (Leviticus 19:35-36).


We treat our clients as we would want to be treated. 


Expect courtesy and kindness from all of our staff (Luke 6:31; Philippians 2:3-4).


Trying situations such as death, divorce, or financial difficulty may cause you to need an appraisal.  We understand this, and will treat you with respect and compassion (Matthew 5:7; Proverbs 19:22; Psalm 112:5). 


Just as our farmer clients, we believe that a person reaps what they sow (Galatians 6:9). 


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