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Pamela Crowley (Florida)

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Dan/Fla, another local appraiser that we're working on getting to come here and myself are working on getting rid of this parasite in the Jacksonville area.

This affects all Florida appraisers as he has and sends untrained registered appraisers all over the state.

Paul Zappulla's license has been suspended for 2 years. There is another appraiser that is apparently from the Orlando area that now has at least 9 of the registered appraisers from Paul's office under her along with more of her own for a total of 22 registered appraisers from all over the state under this one supervisor.

C. Lane Griffin is the name.

We are trying to come up with legal ways to take them out of business. Any and all ideas will be considered.
 
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Dale Smalley

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As you know from the previous post there is no law limiting the number of trainees or where in FL they are located. What violations or wrong doings do you know of.
 

Pamela Crowley (Florida)

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Yep, I know. :cry:

I've had 2 trainees that started out in his shop and the list of violations is long. First one told me to measure the garage by the shortest distances and ignore insets, etc. "It makes the GLA larger."

Supervisor signs almost all (if not all) as he inspected them. Rarely if ever does. How does this new supervisor sign 22+/- reports a day from all over the state claiming she inspected them?

Trainees had their initial class and no training on the job. Told to make the values and that's all they need to know. Find and use whatever comps make it work. No verifications. Ignore defects. Etc.... Etc....

The new supervisor based out of Orlando? apparently has provided her digital signature as all the trainees have to to Paul Zappulla. He's not even licensed anymore!

He is the standing joke of the appraisal industry in NE Florida. It's a very sick joke.
 

Dale Smalley

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I dont want any part of targeting appraisers for legal action. I joined this forum to learn new things and discuss ideas. The state of FL has staff investigators paid to do this type of work. They dont need our help.

If anything we should be helping appraisers and focusing promoting the good appraisers and appraisal companies
 

Wally Jones

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Dale, Pamela,

Both good points. It would be easy to turn our zeal for "cleaning up" the industry into a witch hunt and possibly harm individuals or even the profession along the way. On the other hand, as Pamela points out, where does the process begin? I feel Florida's state board is one of the best in the nation, but they are woefully understaffed. Enforcement relies upon initial discovery of potential wrongdoing. Seems to me it's up to us to police our own industry up to a point. We can at least be responsible enough to forward information to the state in instances we strongly feel need further investigation. I can't go along with the "ignore it and it'll go away" theory. Past experience has proven to me that just doesn't work. It isn't easy to accuse someone of doing something wrong but the worse choice may be to continue to let them do it. I reckon it comes down to individual decision and what our respective consciences can tolerate.

Dale, I think part of "helping other appraisers" is teaching those new to the business what is acceptable, ethical and professional. Otherwise, the good 'ole boys will retain the upper hand and we'll all have a frustrating career rather than a rewarding one.


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Ok my 2cents

The 3 people Pam and I meet the other day, were going for their Certification, and in class now. In talking to them they remind me a the German Sgt. form Hogan's Heros. They are not responcible for what happens to a report after it his their boss' desk if he changes it and then signs it for them electionicly, it is not their problem, and it appeared they really did not care, and listening to them you know they know it happens. I made a comment about long distance inspections, more than 100 mils away, one made a comment that a close by inspection. I find it hard to believe, that they can make a good decision to market value, when you are nor fimilar with the area. I guess I could be wrong, but if these people believe that this is Ok to do, what else will be Ok to do. If you are a good study and good with test you can study pass the test and still do poor work. I feel that if we do not help the state then we have not right to complain when the bad apples out there give us a bad name.

Few years back I was an in the Finance Board of my church, It was election time and the primaries were apond us. For the past few weeks I had heard my Preacher, speak every Sunday Morning on who we as Good Baptist should vote for. After the Board meeting I asked the Preacher if he would like a ride to the polls (his car was in the shop) he stated that No he did not need one he was not a Registered Voter. I blew-up, How dare he tell us, when he not going to do a thing himself. I asked him not to ever bring up election till he too was going to vote. Next Sunday he told the Church he was now a Registered voter and would be voting in General Election.

If you are not ready to help the state clean up the State, then please never complain about any dumb reports you see.
 

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Pam

I went to the DBPR license search web site they have a lovely new addition Check a few Cert. appraisers we have talked about Local and those a few miles away. Take a look and see if you see anything New. : )
 

Pamela Crowley (Florida)

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Pretty good! I saw that earlier today when I checked the license for the one I'm reviewing.

I see that the new supervisor of zappulla's group has also had a couple of issues with the state board.
 

Pamela Crowley (Florida)

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Paul Zappulla is still listed as active in the ASC. Another arrow for someone in the State of Florida!!!!
 
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