- thoughts from Central Florida

Follow me
Real Estate Appraiser - is Richard Ferris. I am a Florida state certified real estate appraiser serving clients in Lake county, Orange county, Osceola county, Polk county, Seminole county, and parts of Volusia county. My blog concerns local market activities, general thoughts on my real estate world, and technology tips to be more productive as a paperless office.
I am keeping an eye on the wildfire still burning near SR 50 and CR 561 in Clermont today. My home and office (in my home) is loctaed just a few miles south of this wild fire. I took a drive along CR 561 this morning while the road was still open, and captured some recent pictures of the burned o...
There are some new regulations coming down the pike on May 1st - namely the HVCC, or Home Valuation Code of Conduct.  The history of the code can be found by clicking HERE.   I won't bore you will all the details - but rather sum it up for those not in the know: Upon implementation of the HVCC, l...
These are certainly tougher times for everyone in real estate.  Competition is fierce for those who have remained in our profession.  In my field of residential appraisal, there are over 100 appraisers in my county alone, according the state of Florida's online records. There is talk about cuttin...
I just read a really great blog post by Loreena Yeo , Broker|Realtor(R) of Frisco Texas Real Estate She made some great points about using keywords to drive traffic to your site or blog.  Her blog truly contributes to the wealth of information one can find on Active Rain! May I make one caution t...
Today I am happy for many reasons.  2008 was a hard year - but I am still in the profession I love. I have new work coming in more regularly and with greater volume Our nation is getting ready to change leadership - and change is good. Most of all my wife and children are healthy and happy and wi...
I have been tweaking my website lately and trying to hit that ever elusive top spot in the Google search engines.  I have been focusing on key words consumers/clients might use to locate an appraiser.  I was checking my ranking's today and I see that due to linking to my Active Rain blog from my ...
So is it just me, or does all the talk about a refi boom not seem to be translating to new appraisal requests?   I'd love to hear from appraisers as to how busy they are right now. I recently read the article in today's headlines about historically low mortgage rates.  The article reported: The P...
This is a great site for any appraisers who want to connect, have some fun with each other, or network into groups around specific topics!   Brian Davis is a great leader in the appraisal industry!Thanks to NAR's Appraisal Insight blog for a "shout-out" on The Appraiser's Water Cooler! Facebook f...
The Federal Reserve has recently reiterated that "financial institutions must have an effective, independent real estate appraisal and evaluation program," and that appraisers performing reviews should "have the knowledge and expertise to assess compliance with the Federal Reserves appraisal regu...
I read a news story from MSNBC indicating the reality now setting in on many sellers in the market.  You can read the story at One statement was made by a Florida seller, "We lost close to $100,000 in equity so we were walking away from real money." ...

Richard D. Ferris

Florida State Certified (FHA) Appraiser
Contact The Author
Appraisal related topics, market reports, and valuation issues