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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 recently completed an inspection for an appraisal of a home in my county.  The home was a typical block ranch with needed updates to the flooring, painting, etc.  But the home itself was pretty typical of the area. The neighbor's home had a fence around it and all seemed just fine to me at the ...
I contend that the real "hot button" is not the lowering of fees - but the inequity of appraisal standards. The trainees or newly licensed appraisers who cannot afford to open their own shop may indeed get a raise in fee by accepting an order for $200.   That is logical and a true fact of the ma...
I just started a new Yahoo Group today. This is a group to help new Appraisal Institute associates like myself, who are looking to find answers to the journey towards a designation and higher learning. In the past, I had joined another Yahoo group - but the level of spam and unmoderated posts - p...
My church was actually supporting "Vote yes on 2".  From the surface of what you hear in the news and blogs, etc - it all seemed worthwile if all the verbiage said was "marriage is defined as a union between 1 man and 1 woman".  I would have no problem voting for that - as some have mentioned, th...
I also wanted to pass along the web site link to order a very helpful DVD to teach the basics of charting with Excel. I learned my skills from Anthony Young who offers these training DVDs at: There are also some FREE intro videos on his site at
I wanted to share with anyone who may find this helpful, some quick ways to create valuable reports for your clients. Using simple Excel tools and your local MLS data - you can accomplish some significant graphs and charts to share with your customers: Video #1 - Exporting Data: Video #2 - Sortin...
Aside from the melting credit markets and tighter lending availability.....this is a GREAT time to be in the market for a home!  (KEEP READING for a FREE copy of my neighborhood report!) The more trend analysis I do in my local Orlando/Lake county markets - the more solid this trend becomes that ...

Richard D. Ferris

Florida State Certified (FHA) Appraiser
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