I live in St Petersburg and cover Clearwater (same county - 20 min away)
It's pretty busy here right now for sure, but on the other hand, there are a decent amount of appraiser's in this area. Competition is definitely a thing and "making a name" for yourself definitely can take some time.
That being said, this is a very densely populated county and a LOT of real estate to be appraised. The sad part is many AMCs want to pay low low low fees (sub $300 from some)
But there's also others (direct and non-lending clients) who will pay $$$$ for a good appraisal for higher end/waterfront reports. It all depends
The first thing I did when we decided to move to Texas later this year is to contact a few of our clients - every one of them that is in Texas said they would switch our area and send us work there. So that is a first step.
Planning things out and not rushing the move is my other piece of advice. Line up your ducks in a row and check them off one by one. In our case it will be (hopefully) exactly 12 months between when we made the decision and the actual move.
Next, get familiar with your new market area by doing research before you move. If you are house hunting long distance use that exercise to get started. You've done it a hundred times before - its not rocket science. (It helps if you are familiar with the area having lived there as in my case, but so long as you are transferring from one 'bedroom community' market area to another it shouldn't be too difficult to do.)
I am sure you've already contacted the FL appraiser's agency to get waived into the state (thank you Uncle Sam for mandating several decades ago that states must give appraiser reciprocity to other states).
Last but not least is the most obvious piece of advice - budget for not having nearly the amount of work in the first year as you have now - and you'll be alright.
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I love Florida. I would think there are areas that are very homogeneous in nature where it is a slam dunk. Not like Tennessee. PM JGrant. She will help you. Carry your umbrella and be prepared for hurricanes in some areas. Much of Florida is flat in terrain and the development is well thought out, well designed. Anytime an area is homogeneous, it is candy to an appraiser. Don't forget your sun tan lotion and bathing suit. Watch for sharks and riptides. Carry your fishing pole.
@bnmappraisal is your best point of contact on this forum. I'd add that I know of several folks in the residential world that work on the litigation side and they cannot keep up with their workload. Another acquaintance only works on high-value waterfront homes and islands and he is looking for someone to mentor. The work is here, residential is booming and you can decide to work on complicated homes or homogenous homes in the area that you are moving to.
Best of luck, either way, touch base with bnmappraisal and myself and we'll take you out for beers