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Appraiser King – Property Appraiser serving Central Florida and Beyond

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values.  A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 352-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

Mid State Appraisals is Central Florida’s preferred residential real estate specialist providing high quality, competent appraisals in a timely manner.

President and founder Paul F. Davis is a…

·    State Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser (License RD # 2667);

·    Licensed Real Estate Broker (License BK # 161133); and

·    State Certified Building Contractor (License CBC # 040794)

·    Over 20 Years of Professional Service to Central Florida

·    Unparalleled Knowledge and Outstanding Experience

·    Efficient, Attentive, and Committed to Clients Needs

Mid State Appraisals is located in the middle of the State of Florida, based out of Clermont (“The Gem of the Hills” and National Triathlon Mecca). We provide professional services to Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter, and the Davenport area of Polk County. Our services are provided by committed professionals, dedicated to quality work, detailed research, and timely completion of assignments. Expect a speedy, accurate, and no hassle appraisal.

All of our appraisal reports comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Our staff has 20 years combined real estate experience of appraising properties in Central Florida. We offer competitive fees, service 6 counties, are approved with nearly all major lenders, use the latest in computer technology, provide fast, consistent turnaround time and are licensed and insured by the State of Florida.

 

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 352-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

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Lower Property Taxes – Central Florida Property Appraisals & Appraiser

As a longtime property appraiser, former home builder for twenty years, and licensed real estate broker I learned something from someone who seemingly was a novice in the real estate market and industry.

My son Paul Jr. lived in Oviedo, FL (Seminole County) at the time when he phoned my Lake County office at Midstate Appraisals and asked me about his recent county home value assessment. I never thought to fight the county, or anyone within the government (local, state, or federal).

My son Paul Jr. however has a bit more chutzpah when it comes to negotiation and doesn’t roll over easily. (It also doesn’t hurt that he was trained in Strategic Negotiations & Deal-making at Harvard Business School.)

Nevertheless I at the time thought he didn’t know what he was talking about and immediately told him, “Don’t even try it. You’re not going to win. Don’t waste your time.” Unmoved, Paul Jr. half-heartedly listened to me and proceeded to ask to speak to another appraiser at our office to get a second opinion.

The office associate asked Paul Jr. how much the county had valued his home for. To which he replied $229,000. Paul Jr. bought the two-story, six bedroom, four bath home with swimming pool a year prior for $223,500 ($6,500 off the asking price which he also negotiated). The county’s assessment seemed like a mild price increase based on the fact that home values have been known to escalate up to $100,000 in a single year in Florida.

Not wanting to discourage him, the associate somewhat agreed with Paul Jr. that he might have a valid point and said he might want to ask the county to remedy the discrepancy. Paul Jr. completed the documentation and phoned the Seminole County property appraiser to dispute the valuation.

As is customary Paul Jr. asked the county appraiser to come out and look at the house for himself and see how poorly the 6 bedroom, 4 bath home was constructed (He learned about construction from me as a kid growing up).

Upon buying the home, Paul Jr. began to notice several minor flaws in the construction. Trivial stuff like poor carpentry on the stairway, settlement cracks on the pool deck, and some drywall gaps around the air conditioner unit in the garage. When the appraiser came out, Paul Jr. patiently walked him through the house pointing out all of these flaws and requested that his home’s assessed value be reduced accordingly.

A few weeks later, Paul Jr. received a letter from Seminole County saying they had agreed to reduce his home valuation to $209,000. Though this kind of adjustment may not be what most homeowners want, my son had his house completely paid off. That being said his tax burden was decreased by $600 that year. Not a bad chunk of change to save for a few minutes of negotiating.

Based on my son’s success, now we not only appraise property but also help in any negotiations with the county property appraiser. For a fee of course.

Paul Jr. learned when reading the fine print of his county property appraiser’s assessment that third parties can represent homeowners when disputing property valuation assessments. I guess you could say through Paul Jr.’s own experience and professional academic training (which cost me a pretty penny), he serendipitously stumbled into a market niche working with his old man.

Incidentally in case you’re wondering if Paul Jr. took a loss when he bought his Seminole County home, not in the least. He owned it for about two-years and sold it for $282,500, above the price my brokerage listed it for (the kid knows how to negotiate), and pocketed a $59,000 profit upon sale.

I wish I could say I taught my son everything he knows. What I can now say however is that we now know the ins and outs of property appraising, which keeps our phones constantly ringing.

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

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Central Florida Property Appraiser – Clermont, Florida (Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk County) Serving All Your Real Estate Needs

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

Until recently many states did not require individuals to meet specific qualifications before being allowed to perform appraisals. The Appraisal Institute came about as a result of the need to have professional unbiased estimates prepared by knowledgeable and trustworthy practitioners. Today every state maintains an appraiser regulatory law.

Nevertheless professionalism is not established by memberships, designations, and licenses alone. While a certificate of completion from a one-week course can be a good foundation, it does not always ensure ethical practice on the job. Experience always exceeds education alone.

Beyond the academic training, a professional appraiser also must possess strong communications, investigative, and analytical skills. What good is it if an appraiser has knowledge without the ability to communicate his observations and findings? Orderly, logical, and a grammatically correct manner of communication is equally if not more important.

A professional appraiser is someone who thinks and speaks clearly, possesses sound judgment, and writes client reports in a concise persuasive manner. Ambiguity and inconsistency are unacceptable.

Good appraisers are like detectives always seeking essential information from diverse individuals and sometimes reluctant sources. They are naturally inquisitive, ask hard questions, and enjoy hunting for information. An outstanding appraiser’s objectivity and sensitivity to new trends causes them to be connected and tuned into the heartbeat of the marketplace.

Because market value is often shaped by the needs, desires, and motivations of the marketplace, an appraiser must objectively estimate value beyond their own personal preferences and judgments. Hence a good appraiser must be emotionally detached, reasonable, and truthful.

An experienced appraiser is head and shoulders above the rest, particularly one who has lived and worked in the area his entire life. Only by reason of use, interaction, and ongoing engagement can one adequately assess the current market and predict future changes. This is why it is often best to employ a real estate appraiser who has lived and worked in your area their entire life.

Before choosing an appraiser to work for you, seek out someone who is not only licensed and certified, look also for prerequisite skills and experience. Better yet, if you can find a native born and bred local, someone who really and truly knows your territory and market, he can strategically prep and position you to be one step ahead of the pack.

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

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Clermont Property Appraiser – Clermont, Florida (Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk County)

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

Until recently many states did not require individuals to meet specific qualifications before being allowed to perform appraisals. The Appraisal Institute came about as a result of the need to have professional unbiased estimates prepared by knowledgeable and trustworthy practitioners. Today every state maintains an appraiser regulatory law.

Nevertheless professionalism is not established by memberships, designations, and licenses alone. While a certificate of completion from a one-week course can be a good foundation, it does not always ensure ethical practice on the job. Experience always exceeds education alone.

Beyond the academic training, a professional appraiser also must possess strong communications, investigative, and analytical skills. What good is it if an appraiser has knowledge without the ability to communicate his observations and findings? Orderly, logical, and a grammatically correct manner of communication is equally if not more important.

A professional appraiser is someone who thinks and speaks clearly, possesses sound judgment, and writes client reports in a concise persuasive manner. Ambiguity and inconsistency are unacceptable.

Good appraisers are like detectives always seeking essential information from diverse individuals and sometimes reluctant sources. They are naturally inquisitive, ask hard questions, and enjoy hunting for information. An outstanding appraiser’s objectivity and sensitivity to new trends causes them to be connected and tuned into the heartbeat of the marketplace.

Because market value is often shaped by the needs, desires, and motivations of the marketplace, an appraiser must objectively estimate value beyond their own personal preferences and judgments. Hence a good appraiser must be emotionally detached, reasonable, and truthful.

An experienced appraiser is head and shoulders above the rest, particularly one who has lived and worked in the area his entire life. Only by reason of use, interaction, and ongoing engagement can one adequately assess the current market and predict future changes. This is why it is often best to employ a real estate appraiser who has lived and worked in your area their entire life.

Before choosing an appraiser to work for you, seek out someone who is not only licensed and certified, look also for prerequisite skills and experience. Better yet, if you can find a native born and bred local, someone who really and truly knows your territory and market, he can strategically prep and position you to be one step ahead of the pack.

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

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Zoolon, Zulon, or Xulon Press – Spell it However You Want, Pay More, and Get Less

Publishing Confessions from a Xulon Press Author Who Encountered Conservative Hypocrisy

The ancient Greek word Xulon (zoo’ lon) is talking about revelation and I’ve got some profound revelations about Salem Communications publisher Xulon Press for you. Hear ye, hear ye all you authors because this is for you!

Writing a book is one thing, getting it published and enduring the many money-making schemes of publishers is another. I found publishing to be a very expensive and daunting task.

Xulon Press is a “Christian” publisher that published 4 books of my books. I had some major discrepancies in regard to promises unfulfilled in regard to their press releases. I published four books with Xulon Press within a year and encountered some problems, many related to their purported publicity packages – which essentially make or break a book’s success.

I recently received an email blast advert from Xulon Press and Townhall Press (“where your opinion counts”) promoting political candidate Fred Thompson’s new book Government at the Brink.

Xulon Press e-blasts are rare and apparently only given to very influential and powerful people who can sell more books and increase profit margins. I don’t recall getting any other promos for books besides Thompson’s, which of course reveals what a conservative owned publisher is capable of when it really wants to properly promote its authors books.

When I spoke to Xulon’s director of acquisitions and operations about receiving the same kind of E-blast for the 4 books I published and purchased publicity for with Xulon, I was told Fred Thompson’s book was a “special case”. In other words, though I published 4 books with Xulon, I wasn’t important and politics and profits are prioritized over fair treatment of all authors. Thompson, a political candidate with more visibility, is more financially promising and conservatively leaning. Hence Fred, unlike other Xulon authors, got the extra publicity push.

Founded by Christian author and publisher Tom Freiling, Xulon is now a part of Salem Communications Corporation. Salem claims to be the country’s leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing. This does not mean you as an author with Xulon or Town Hall can rest, because my experience is Xulon’s connections and publicity never gives you as an author its best. If you’re not a big name or a conservative cash cow like Thompson, expect far less.

Tom Freiling founded Xulon Press and Town Hall Press with a group of Conservative entrepreneurs (perhaps that explains why the little author doesn’t get a fair chance).

Freiling’s political ideology is rather obvious in the books he has written: George W. Bush on God and Country, and Reagan’s God and Country. Incidentally last time I checked God never said he was a Republican or an American. Perhaps that explains the hypocrisy of American democracy and our present failed foreign policy.

Mr. Freiling claims to have published dozens of best-selling Conservative books, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide, and proudly mentions his appearances on CNN, C-Span, and many other television and radio programs. Being connected to Salem Communications has its benefits.

Why than can’t Mr. Freiling and Xulon Press produce the same publicity for me its author of 4 books? Possible reasons could be:

– I’m not conservative enough. Certainly my new book United States of Arrogance attests to that, though I am a registered Republican.

– It’s more fun to adequately publicize your own books when you run a publishing company than the authors paying for publicity.

– Getting paid for books published and publicity promised is more fun than actually producing the finished product.

– Maybe Xulon Press prefers selling the illusion to its authors of getting on Oprah and Larry King even though they have no intention of providing national publicity with PR Web the company it uses to do press releases.

Xulon purchased for my books the cheapest of the four tiers offered for press releases from PR Web (which does not offer nationwide exposure), but made me to believe I was getting a shot at national publicity to be discovered. It takes years to write a book. The 4 books I wrote and published with Xulon (those they lied about adequately publicizing) certainly left me feeling quite betrayed by the Christian and conservative publisher. I do believe punitive damages for the years of my life lost are in order. Before proceeding with that I think it is proper however to give Xulon a taste of what good publicity can accomplish so they never lie to future aspiring authors again. Unfortunately I continue to get emails from disgruntled Xulon authors who agree with me and have issue with various items pertinent to the publishing of their books.

Mr. Freiling claims Writer’s Digest magazine featured him as one of the world’s leading experts on self-publishing. What’s the problem than in generating adequate publicity for his authors?

Interestingly though Xulon Press has an Author Audio Blog page, I have never been asked to be interviewed by Mr. Freiling for any of my 4 books. Xulon Press and Town Hall Press like to sell the illusion of “strength in numbers” belonging to conservative and Christian groups. I have found however none of this really matters once you publish with Xulon because after they collect the cash from you, my experience has been the author is basically forgetten about and provided very poor publicity.

Perhaps the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) should evaluate the publicity packages Xulon Press sells and reconsider how reputable the company really is or is not.

Paul F. Davis – worldwide minister who has touched 50 countries and author of 14 books

Xulon Press published 4 books Davis wrote: “Supernatural Fire”; “Poems That Propel The Planet”; “Are You Ready For True Love?”; and “Adultery 101”

The fiery minister says of Xulon, “I guess some people don’t see the light until they first feel the heat. Indeed they will feel the fire of the Holy Spirit in me as I have many bones to pick with Tom Freiling and Xulon Press. I shall be heard and will not be silent!”

http://www.PaulFDavis.com
RevivingNations@yahoo.com

Interestingly, I found two complaints about Xulon Press here below:

http://www.topix.com/com/salm/2007/11/zoolon-zulon-or-xulon-press-spell-it-however-you-want-pay-up-and-get-less

Apr 18, 2008

I have recently used Xulon and I’m overall disappointed. I found the language of services offered for the bestseller’s package was very misleading (bordering on dishonest). For instance, they presented the following when I purchased the more expensive package (a little over $1900 several months back), “We will promote your book at a host of other conferences and conventions, including the annual Book Expo America with Catalogs! You will have the opportunity to spotlight your book at each conference.” (exact quote). In the column where additional fees are stated, NONE are listed — there was only a checkmark indicating that this service is included. A reasonable person would buy this package believing their book would be represented at the convention… however, UNLESS you are willing to pay an ADDITIONAL $149, this is not true. Your book will only be represented in a catalog (and who knows where that will be, under the table??). In the end, it didn’t matter, because my concerns were not addressed in a timely enough manner to take advantage of the program — the rep curtly emailed me stating that all the spots “were taken.”

Other issues I encountered included: 1) not having my book posted on their online store until I called to complain about it not being there (over 1 mth after it was completed) 2) press release accompanied by an excel dump (with over 1,000 listings — many out of date, most just simply websites, but no email addresses) requiring that you notify organizations yourself. 3) Spacing format throughout my book was not consistant. 4) High author prices for book purchases…#100 copies of a 200 page book cost me approx 75% more than another very reputable POD.

They did however deliver a good cover and had the book put on several online bookstores — but stated to me that they only guarantee 4 websites: Amazon.com , Borders.com , Amazon.co.uk ( United Kingdom ), and Btol.com . I’m not certain how they will handle it if Amazon does disable the “BUY” button for POD’s in the future.

Tina – Houston, TX


Thursday Apr 24

My experience was nearly identical to Tina’s in many respects, additionally, it’s been nine months and the book still hasn’t been listed at either Spring Harbor or Ingram’s for retailers to have access. Has anyone considered a class action against Xulon? Their’s is not a Christian way to do business.

Diane – Sitka, AK

Paul F. Davis is a world-changing leadership & diversity speaker who has touched over 50 countries & 6 continents building bridges cross-culturally and empowering people throughout the earth to live their dreams!

Paul is the author of 14 books. Paul has appeared on numerous internationally broadcast radio shows from Oprah & Friends to Fox News Radio to talk about conflict resolution, peacemaking, foreign policy, and diplomacy. Playboy Radio host Tiffany Granath calls Paul an “awesome” relational coach and recommends his books on love, dating, and sexuality.

Academically outstanding Davis was trained in transformative mediation & conflict resolution (Hofstra Law School); strategic negotiations (Harvard Business School & U. of Washington); advanced interrogation (Reid & Associates founders of the polygraph); and NLP & Life Coaching (NLP & Coaching Institute of California).

Paul humorously and elegantly transforms individuals and organizations.

Paul’s organization Dream-Maker Inc. builds dreams, transcends limitations, & reconciles nations.

Paul worked at Ground Zero in NYC during 9/11; helped rebuild a home at the tsunami epicenter; comforted victims of genocide in Rwanda; spoke to leaders in East Timor during the war; inspired students & monks in Myanmar; promoted peace & reconciliation in Pakistan; and has been so deep into the bush of rural Africa where villagers had never before seen a white man.

Paul empowers people to love passionately and live fearlessly.

http://www.PaulFDavis.com

RevivingNations@yahoo.com

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Central Florida Property Appraising & Consulting – Real Estate Appraisals in Central Florida

Appraisers ensure that the decisions made by buyers, sellers, government officials, insurers, investors, and others are based on well-informed, carefully reasoned judgment. Therefore appraisers help promote the stable and orderly development of the real estate market.

Appraisers of real property evaluate the utility and desirability of property and estimate its value for various purposes such as purchase and sale, financing, taxation, investment, and insurance. Appraisers consider the utility and value of properties.

An appraisal is nothing more than one person’s opinion based on research in the appropriate given market. That being said, it behooves the consumer to choose an appraiser who is knowledgeable and not merely a newly licensed practitioner. As for myself I was first a home builder for over twenty years, entered real estate brokering, than real estate appraising. This professional progression has been most useful and served me well.

The astute appraiser assembles pertinent and relevant data to which he applies the appropriate analytical techniques to accurately assess value. When these activities are combined with knowledge, experience, and sound professional judgment, the result is vital information and invaluable counsel.

Substantiated by relevant data and sound reasoning, the professional appraiser’s opinion carries considerable weight. The purpose of all appraisals is to estimate the defined value, which may be defined as the monetary worth of property, goods, or services.

Many people are involved in a flurry of real estate activities–buyers, sellers, tax assessors, investors, and insurers–and each has his or her own concerns about real property. That being said there are several different ways to consider the monetary worth of real estate.

When estimating value through the appraisal, the process entails assessing several components — market value, insurable value, investment value, or some other properly defined value of an identifiable interest or interests in a specific parcel of real estate.

Real estate presents both various opportunities and potential problems all of which must be accounted for and fully considered. Before hastily embarking upon anything within the real estate market, it is most advantageous to consider land utilization studies, supply and demand, economic feasibility, highest and best use analysis, marketability, and any proposals for existing development.

The many facets of real property and diverse interests all merge to make for a very delightful and sometimes complicated mix, which makes the appraiser and savvy real estate consultant a most valuable professional with whom to partner.

Paul Davis is Central Florida’s favorite and most reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by banks, homeowners, and savvy real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over twenty years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.

Paul’s company Midstate Appraisals serves Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter and Davenport in Polk counties).

Contact Paul Davis and Midstate Appraisals for your next appraisal:

Office: 325-242-9973

Cell: 352-636-6672

Fax: 352-242-4912

midstateappraisals@earthlink.net

http://www.midstateappraisals.org

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