In real estate transactions, the most visible players are the agents representing buyers and sellers. But it is the work of appraisers that helps determine the true value of a home and what a bank is willing to lend
Joni Herndon of Tampa has been a state-certified residential appraiser since 1985, maintaining a strong reputation in a field that got a black eye as a result of appraisal practices that contributed to the housing bubble and crash. From 2006 to 2013, Herndon was a member of the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board and served as its chair in 2008, 2009 and 2013.
An Army brat, Herndon was born in Anchorage, Ala., but grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of Florida. She owns Real Property Analysts/Gulf Coast, which has four appraisers including herself.
In this interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Herndon, 60, talks about the changes in the appraisal industry, the challenges of the job and what she sees as the bay area’s hottest real estate markets. (Hint: There are some areas you might not suspect.)