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Understanding the Intended Use and Intended User of an Appraisal Report

While the intention of an appraisal report is to clearly and concisely outline the support for an estimate of fair market value, very few appraisal reports are actually easy to read and understand.  This is usually because an appraisal report is written to meet the very specific needs of a particular Intended User for a […]



4 Tips to Decorating Your Mid Century Modern Space on a Budget

We have had some really big events and opportunities over at Metropolis Real Estate Solutions lately. We are beyond excited to have opened our brick and mortar office at 610 Bumby Ave., Orlando, FL 32803. The location is absolutely ideal for us! It is located on the borders of some of our favorite mid century neighborhoods: Audubon Park, Colonial Town, the […]



What Is the Appraiser Looking For When Performing the Inspection?

There is a lot of anxiety generated when you know that the appraiser is coming. Often times, we are scheduled in the early part of the week when the homeowners have had the weekend to “spruce” things up. Sometimes we are even asked, “what can I do to improve the value?” Ultimately, the market dictates […]



What Constitutes Living Area?

I am often asked to clarify this by both homeowners and sales agents alike. Understanding what is and isn’t living area can be key in determining the fair market value of a property and should be especially accurate if an agent is using the oversimplified “price per square foot” method of estimating value.    



May is National Foster Care Month

One of the benefits to having lived in Central Florida for my whole life is that I still have the blessing of being friends with my childhood friends. My best buddies in High School are still some of my favorite regular partners in crime and we all still live in the Central Orlando area. One […]



You Got the Chops?

  I am often asked if we are training appraisers. While we have done it in the past, we are not currently. As a result of the market crash in the late 2000’s, restrictions have been placed and per Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, a Registered Trainee Appraiser must work under DIRECT supervision of their supervisor […]



The Psychology of Real Estate

What makes a house “sellable” or “unsellable” ? What makes some buyers swoon and makes others turn and run? We’ll tell you, and it may not be what you think. We’ve all heard the phrase “location, location, location” and to a large degree, it is location that is the prime factor in how buyers make decisions. […]


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It’s All About the Get

I thank the gods of reproduction every day that my kids are dorks. In a rare moment not spent in front of a computer or gaming system, my husband took them to an outdoor sporting shop and snapped this pic of them several years ago. Here, they are pretending to be bad asses but they are […]



Bringing Modern Back to Mid-Century Pt-4: The Big REVEAL

We are so proud of this project and have actually had a few showings before even being able to list it as the interest has been high. Noteworthy updates include a dramatic addition of new and expanded storage space, updated plumbing and electrical components, a remodeled kitchen and bathrooms to include converting the original half bath […]



It’s Neighborhood Update Time!!!-Baldwin Park

Welcome back to our regular neighborhood update post where we give you an insiders look into the market trends in YOUR neighborhood. After reading this article today, The most affluent people in C. Fla., and throughout the U.S., love the suburbs, I thought it might be a good time to look into the trends of the illustrious […]



Bringing Modern Back to Mid-Century Pt-4

This may be my last post until we are ready for the final reveal.  There’s not much left to do and I think the coming week or two will fly by in a flash.  I am still in complete awe of how quickly everyone has worked and what an amazing job these skilled craftsmen are […]



Bringing Modern Back to Mid-Century Pt-3

  So much has happened since the last blog entry. Most of it is good, some of it… not so much. First, we interviewed two contractors to help us get the renovations underway. I was very impressed with the first guy; he had remodeled a friends house and done a wonderful job. He seemed eager […]



Bringing Modern Back to Mid-Century, Pt-2

  We closed today!!!! This little, well…cutie, is ours.  The really good news is, this house has all the necessary requirements to be a great MCM icon.  The not so good news is that it needs more work than I’d anticipated. The tenants left quite a mess, but the seller made sure it was all […]



Bringing Modern Back to Mid Century

  I think it’s safe to tell our secret.  I’ve been holding it in for a few weeks now, to make sure it was gonna stick, but things are looking pretty positive around here so I think the time is right… In just a few short days, Metropolis Real Estate Solutions, LLC is going to […]



It’s Neighborhood Update Time!!!-College Park

  We found this incredible property for sale as a foreclosure last week and a few of us had to run over and take a look at it. It is located in the Palomar section of College Park, which in itself, proved to be a great walking neighborhood with no shortage of stunning architecture. I […]


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A Little Jewel Box of MCM

I went with Adam today to meet a home seller and help her stage her home.  It is a very cute house, feels much larger than it is, and has been well updated.  It’s location is fantastic as well, just a couple of blocks from The Milk District to the NW and a couple of […]



It’s Neighborhood Update Time!!!-Downtown Orlando

  Recently, my friends were sharing Facebook posts boasting that 32801 was the most searched zip code in country (according to one of the big national real estate websites).  I personally think that’s super cool but I do question the validity of the data.  If we were to suppose that those figures were correct, let’s think […]


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It’s Neighborhood Update Time!!!-Conway

In this edition of “Neighborhood Update”, I’m going to give some insight into what is happening in my own neighborhood of Conway. Conway is a really cool community in very close proximity to both the Orlando International Airport and Downtown Orlando.  The availability of highways and toll roads provides ease of access to almost anywhere […]


Mid-Century Kitchen Remodel, Orlando

Kitchen Remodel Gone Right

My friend Annette and her husband Mike live in a really cool split level ranch on Lake Jennie Jewel in Orlando. Mike had the house set up as a bachelor pad before he met Annette and used it as home base for all his water ski buddies



Our First Attempt at a Vlog.

This should be interesting…   We decided to try our hand at some video blogging and this is the result.  It’s definitely something we are interested in doing more frequently, but not until I get better at the editing.  In this Vlog, I get with our Sales Associate, Mike Johnson (aka my dad) and talk […]


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Mid-Century Modern Design Elements We Flip For

  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…   1.  The artful use of mosaic tile in kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, etc. is still a fun and creative way to bring color and a geographic element to a space. 2.  Terrazzo floors were once an economical way to combine form with function as […]



Restaurant Review-Scratch

There’s no shortage of charm! Most of my dining adventures have one thing in common, Adam.  It would seem that our favorite dates involve food, and lots of it.  We’ve both lived in Orlando almost all of our lives, and we jump at any chance we get to sample new food fare. There are so […]



Market Watch-July 20, 2014

I just found this graph on our Mid Florida Regional MLS home page…   These numbers hardly seem to indicate a suffering market.  In the past WEEK, we have seen 3,519 new listings!  That is astounding!  What is equally compelling is that almost that same amount, 3,182 homes were contracted and had status changes to “pending”.  Now, this by no means […]



Mid-Century Modern in the N.E.

A recent trip to Boston afforded me the opportunity to check out what MCM means in another area of the country. Let me first say, I was astounded by how beautiful and hilly the suburbs of Boston are.  In this particular area, Malden, there is tons of green space, water and breathtaking city views from […]


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It’s Neighborhood Update Time!!!-SoDo

Welcome back to our regular neighborhood update post where we give you an insiders look into the market trends in YOUR neighborhood. Below are some longer term statistics that run from 2009 to March of this year.  I like to look at both the big picture and a more specific data whenever I am analyzing trends.  The […]



1878 Jessica Ct.

  This lovely artists’ home is not to be missed with it’s volume ceilings, abundant light, flexible floorplan and ideal location.  Check out the video and please give us a call if you have any questions.  This home is so great, I want it for myself.


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Eye Candy

Here are the top 3 most expensive listings in Orange County as of 7/4/2014. 9000 Hubbard Place, Orlando, FL 32819 MLS O5119463 This is the last large parcel on the Butler Chain of Lakes. With it’s western exposure and sandy beaches, this amazing land offers the ultimate in lakefront living. Nestled within the gated community […]



What Do I Do About a Bad Appraisal?

“We just got our apprasial back for a refi today. We have a townhouse(3 bedroom 2.5 bath) in a planned unit development where we own the small lot we are on.  The appraiser used all townhome style condominiums where there is no ownership of the lot, but instead there is a joint ownership of the entire complex.  I understand that […]



Summertime. The Living is Easy?

Guest Blogger-Mike Johnson Well it’s moving time again, that’s right- Summer is on the way and we are starting our annual migration.  Kids are finishing school and Mom (or Dad) has an established beach mindset or maybe even a new job in another city.  Quick …who’s your Realtor?  It had better be someone who understands the market and the […]



Heroes and Hot Rods

You may or may not have seen Metropolis Mustang out and about in Orlando, or even be aware that there is a Metropolis Mustang.  I can assure you, Adam is happy to use his baby to promote Metropolis Real Estate Solutions at any given opportunity.  Adam purchased the car many years ago, a 1966 convertible, […]



The Best Neighborhoods for Families in Central Orlando

What does a family really need in a great neighborhood? Every family is certainly different, but I think we can all agree that easy access to family friendly activities is key.  Each of the neighborhoods listed below have ample options.  With parks, restaurants, playgrounds, walking trails, good schools and other kids galore, it’s easy to see […]



The Best Things About Central Florida’s East Coast

There is a big difference between Florida’s West Coast, or Gulf Coast, and Florida’s laid back East Coast.  The West Coast is a little more formal, a little less laid back. South Florida is, well…you know.  While the Gulf waters are a lovely green, the East Coast waters range from a murky brown in the north, […]



Restaurant Review-Crush Eleven

Finally!!-I’ve been waiting for months to get back! In Cocoa Village, near our small beach condo, is a restaurant that has become, for now, my new favorite.  We ate here in November for my birthday, and I’ve been dying to get back ever since.  Tonight did not disappoint, even after all the hype I’d built […]



Open House-This Sunday, May 11 from 1pm-4pm

313 MacArthur Place   Visit this beautiful pool home with three large bedrooms, all equipped with en-suite baths.  The neighborhood is lush with tree canopy and the area is located in close proximity to parks, dining and entertainment. Come visit us this Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 1pm-4pm.      



The Best Place to Grab a Drink

Let’s face it.  Sometimes, that’s all you want.  A nice place to sit down and have a delicious cocktail or a refreshing beer.  Being a professional (take that however you’d like), I’m going to give you my top 5 favorite places to grab and drink and then tell you why.   5.     Gnarly Barley Yes, […]


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Answers to Homeowners’ Questions About Appraisals Used in Lending

Most of the time the public comes into contact with an appraisal, it is because they are seeking financing, either for a purchase or a refinance.  What most Homeowners do not know, is that the Appraiser’s client is the lending institution and not the Homeowner.  Further, Appraisers are bound by confidentiality laws, see the Gramm- […]



Ask Us, Please!-What is the average price per square foot in my neighborhood?

Michelle Duchene in Downtown Orlando asks-“All the houses in my area are selling for about $200 per square foot, but I keep getting offers in the $175-$190 range.  I have one of the biggest houses in the neighborhood and my agent agreed that we should list my house for $205 per square foot because I’ve made […]



Look What I Found

I don’t particularly make it a habit of “YouTubing” myself, but in an effort to compile all the work related video data, I came across this little diddy that I didn’t even know existed… Come Out With Pride Orlando 2013 was a great event and one that I was proud to be a part of.  […]



Restaurant Review-Smiling Bison

Well that was a pleasant surprise! Having an opportunity to go on an impromptu date with my bohunk husband last week, I was inspired to try something new.  We have several new restaurants that have opened in recent months, and on my list to try are The Strand in Mills/50 district, Scratch in Winter Park, […]



Do Investors Need Realtors?

Emanuel Rivero from the Conway area asks-“If you’re an investor looking to purchase a home at auction, how would a realtor help you flip the house for rental or sales income?” A sales agent can you help you at every stage of the process. -Even prior to purchasing a home for a “flip”, an agent can help you […]



It’s Neighborhood Update Time!!!-Delaney Park

Welcome back to our regular neighborhood update post where we give you an insiders look into the market trends in YOUR neighborhood. Last entry, we checked in on Audubon Park and, as promised, this week we will dive into another of our favorite Downtown Orlando neighborhoods, Delaney Park. We currently have a lovely townhome style condominium that […]


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Does “0” Commute Time Exist?

It does.  And how do I know?  I’m living it. We converted our formal dining room into a home office upon moving in.  Not once, in two years, have I needed that dining room. We were lucky enough to have an eat in kitchen as well as a large covered porch in the pool area, […]



Who Understands Home Values Better Than a Realtor?

A Realtor Who Is an Appraiser, That’s Who! Now, let’s think for a minute about why that is… 1.     A Florida certified residential appraiser has had a minimum of 150 hours of valuation training as well as a mandatory 2 year internship under a supervisor. 2.      A residential appraisal office can manage upwards of 120 appraisals per month. That means that appraisers are […]


We may not be old, but we’ve got History

When you think about Orlando, a.k.a. The City Beautiful, and how it came to be, you probably think of Walt Disney World.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but chances are, if your family planned an Orlando vacation with Disney on the agenda, you likely stayed in the city of Kissimmee.  And it probably wasn’t the agricultural corridor, […]



Design Faves 2014

When I’m not nose deep in appraisal work, I’m probably searching out design blogs or just overdosing on eye candy on Pinterest.  I’m outlining here some of my favorite new trends.  If you are looking for ways to express yourself in your new home, you may want to go and do some pinning for yourself. […]


Mortgage News

Today, we have a guest blogger, Amanda Benson, with Angel Oak Funding, LLC in Winter Park, FL.  Given Amanda’s expertise in the mortgage market, we are deferring to her for experienced, tested, and newsworthy updates in the mortgage industry. Good day! Today, I wanted to update you on the new changes regarding QM, or Qualified […]


It’s Neighborhood Update Time!!!-Audubon Park

This is where you check back and see what the market trends are in YOUR neighborhood.  Each week, I’ll highlight a new neighborhood, or update the stats on one we’ve already visited.  Don’t see your neighborhood here???  Just shoot me a message below and let me know where in the world you live, work, and […]


New Consumer Protection Laws Effective January 18, 2014

The loss of trust and investment safety experienced by our American consumers with regard to mortgage mishaps, has not been taken lightly.  The relatively new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) oversees new changes that have been instituted as a portion of the Dodd-Frank Laws. Under the Jan. 18 rule, a lender: • has three days after a […]


Why Won’t the Bank Work with Me???

So who are the GSEs and how do they affect me? First, GSE stands for Government Sponsored Enterprise. Out government has been using GSEs since 1916 in an effort to provide a buffer to minimize investment risk resulting in more accessible loans and flowing credit opportunities for the American people. The two big dawgs are […]


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Welcome to Metropolis!

What does 2014 look like for you?  Having had such a fabulous 2013, I am hard pressed to find anything  I’d like to change.  I’m not one to make resolutions, but the new year does give me pause to think about all of the fresh starts we each have, every day. One of my personal […]


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