From a veteran appraiser, an assessment of Tampa Bay’s housing market

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.)

Read the Interview Here

About Author

John William is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, and has spent his lifetime in sales and marketing. The fourth generation to join his family business, John William manages all luxury residential sales and transactions within the Tampa Bay and South Florida markets. A keen industry insider with a finger on the pulse of the area, He is an expert identifying high-return acquisition and development opportunities for hungry investors both large and small while simultaneously working with homeowners and homebuyers to buy and sell the home of their dreams… often times without the need of the MLS or a For Sale sign. He also oversees all digital and print marketing for the company, and handles all sales training for new and established agents alike. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, the oldest charity in Florida, and works to raise millions of dollars annually for local charities and museums.