Appraiser Spotlight- Udo Stolarczuk
Udo Stolarczuk has been an appraiser since 1992, and began his career as a real estate agent. Udo started appraising homes in New Jersey, and later moved to Florida where he has continued his appraising career. Udo primarily services the Ft. Lauderdale market and surrounding areas, consisting of mostly urban and suburban homes. Though his job has remained the same, the main difference he has experienced between his current FL market and previous NJ market is the construction of the homes. The homes in New Jersey were your typical wood-framed houses with basements, while the Florida homes are primarily built on concrete blocks with no basements due to the Florida weather. In his spare time Udo enjoys to work as an extra on T.V. and movie sets, and has met celebrities such as Jim Carrey, Sean Connery, and Kevin Costner along the way. According to Udo, one of the best parts of being an appraiser is the ability to set your own schedule, and all the different people you get to meet while inspecting their home.
Weston, Florida Market
Weston Florida is a city located outside of Fort Lauderdale consisting primarily of suburban and urban homes. The median sales price from March – May 2018 for Ft Lauderdale was $325,000, and home prices have gone up 5.5% over the last year (Realtor.com & Zillow). Active inventory has decreased 1% from 2,384 to 2,347 compared to this time last year, and the days on the market has remained relatively unchanged at 90 days (Movoto). For Weston, the median sales price is slightly higher at $420,000, up 9% from this time last year (Trulia).
Daniel Swinney first entered the business as a Loan Officer, and switched careers 16 years ago to become an appraiser. As an appraiser Daniel has serviced the Northern Virginia market where he grew up, working in both suburban and rural areas. From $65,000 homes to $3 million mansions, he appreciates and enjoys the versatility the market brings. Due to the proximity to Washington, DC and the numerous government jobs available, the market has remained active over the years; a quality Daniel is grateful for. According to Daniel, the key to success as an appraiser is to be efficient and punctual with every order. Even the smallest aspects are important to consider to ensure you are being as efficient and professional as possible, ranging from extensive training prior to appraising to knowing the traffic patterns to ensure you’re on time.
Northern Virginia Market
The Northern Virginia Market has experienced increases in units sold, sales price, and inventory for 2017 compared to winter and spring of 2016. According to The Washington Post, the number of units sold increased 8.4% compared to this time last year, while the average home price rose 2.2% to a median price of $464,900. Inventory also increased by 8.9% in April 2017 compared to April 2016 according to The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and GMU- Center for Regional Analysis. As demand continues to rise, Northern Virginia has also experienced a decrease in active listings and days spent on the market. The average number of days spent on the market for April 2017 has gone down 25%, while active listings decreased 20%.
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