Name: Oberrender, David W.
Title: MAI Appraiser, Appraisal Institute
Texas A&M Class: 1983
David Oberrender was born in Brenham and raised on his family farm/ranch in the northwest portion of Austin County, Texas. Prior to graduating high school, his life revolved around farming and ranching, including chopping cotton and corn, hauling hay, and working cattle, as well as involvement in 4-H and FFA. He graduated from Brenham High School in 1979.
After high school, Oberrender first went to Blinn Jr. College and earned his Associate of Arts Degree in 1981. Next, he attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1983 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. While at Texas A&M, he was a member of Alpha Zeta and was involved with the Agricultural Economics Club. He continued his academic education in the Land Economics and Real Estate program at Texas A&M, earning his master’s degree in 1984. Part of his curriculum for the Land Economics and Real Estate program included an internship with Kokel Appraisal Associates in Georgetown, Texas, during the summer of 1984. Subsequently, he began working there in January 1985, and he became a partner in August 2001 when the company reorganized into Kokel-Oberrender-Wood Appraisal, Ltd. Oberrender primarily works on eminent domain and acquisition valuations for various entities, including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and also for various county and city governments.
As a member of the Appraisal Institute, Oberrender is a designated MAI. He is an active member of the Austin Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, serving as Treasurer in 2002, Vice President in 2003, President in 2004, and the Regional Representative in 2004-2005. Oberrender is also a member of the International Right of Way Association and the Society of Texas A&M Real Estate Professionals.
Oberrender has served as President of the Georgetown High Football and Track Booster Clubs. He is active in church, having served on his Church Council several times, being a Sunday School teacher, and being involved with the Ramp Build and BBQ groups. Oberrender is also an active member of the Williamson County A&M Club. Kokel-Oberrender-Wood Appraisal is a regular sponsor the Williamson County A&M Club Fish Fry which raises money to support local Texas A&M students through scholarships. Oberrender has participated as a mentor in the Weston AgriFood Sales program’s Study a Salesman project. He also has mentored Agricultural Economics and Master of Real Estate (formerly known as the Land Economics and Real Estate program) students through internships. He is currently a supervisor for a former MRE student as she is gaining experience for her appraiser’s license.
Oberrender and his wife, Carol (Management ’87), have three children: Michael (Agricultural Economics ’12 and Masters of Real Estate ’13), Jacob (Biology ’15), and Lauren (Health ’19). Carol is an accountant with the State Auditor’s Office in Austin. Michael is a transactional manager with GVA Management & Investment in Austin, which is an equity investor in apartments. Michael’s wife, Morgan (’13 and Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction ’17) is a teacher in Pflugerville ISD. After graduating from A&M, Jacob graduated with a PharmD from University of Houston (May 2019) and is a staff pharmacist at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Lauren is continuing her education at the nursing school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Oberrender enjoys hunting, working at the family farm/ranch and on their property in Kimble County, as well as spending time with family, especially his granddaughter, Raelynn (’40).