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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 […]


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.    


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Adam Judd

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Megan Judd

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