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Rick Singh Report

Black History Month

During February, we celebrated Black History Month with education and information about the rich heritage and valuable contributions made by African Americans throughout history, and showcased several team members who add to our success every day. Click on the video above for a message from Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh.


Did You Miss the Deadline for Exemption Filing?


March 1 is Florida's deadline for filing for Homestead and other exemptions, but if you missed it please call us! We may be able to assist you in processing the application and you still may be able to save money on next year's property taxes. Reach out to our Customer Service team at (407) 836-5044 and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

Orange County Market News


Rick Singh and the entire OCPA team are committed to providing the taxpayers with valuable and relevant information about market activity in Orange County. This is the first in a series of updates on data collected and interpreted by OCPA.

Here's some good news for the Orange County real estate market - the number of distressed sales has dropped dramatically since 2015. By definition, a "distressed sale" is one in which the sale is made under unfavorable circumstances such as a foreclosure, or the seller may have had to sell the property at a deep discount just to complete the transaction.


Distressed sales in Orange County are at a record low - and down 77% since 2015. In 2018, there were more than 21,000 qualified sales of single-family homes and just 835 distressed sales. That's less than 4% of sales last year.

The steady decline in the number of distressed sales is indicative of the continued improvement in Orange County's real estate market value.

What do you think? Click here to go to Facebook and discuss this news in the comments section of the corresponding post.

OCPA In the Community

On Sunday, February 17, our staff joined in the festivities for the Annual Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival. This joyous event celebrates diversity, unity and harmony in our community.


The OCPA team led by Rick Singh had the luck of the Irish on Sunday, March 3, as we participated in the only St. Patrick's Day Parade in Central Florida. Winding the way down beautiful Park Avenue, this Winter Park celebration attracted visitors and residents alike. Thanks to everyone who came out and wore green!


Rick Singh Speaking to The Mortgage Firm


Rick Singh was the featured speaker this month as The Mortgage Firm hosted agents and brokers for their luncheon and networking event. Demand for this update on real estate trends and the economic outlook was so strong that two separate events were necessary! Thank you for inviting us to your events.
 

Exemption Satellite Offices


To better meet the needs of our customers, OCPA staff fanned out to various neighborhoods in Orange County over the last several weeks to host satellite offices. It is the busiest time of the year as property owners file for homestead and other exemptions. Satellite offices are a GREAT way to connect with our community closer to their homes. This year, for example, we served nearly 300 customers!


Veterans Satellite Office


Are you a disabled veteran? If so, you may be eligible for a $5,000 exemption to assist with your property taxes. OCPA is hosting a satellite office at the Veterans Service Center located at 2100 E Michigan Street on the first Thursday of every month from 9 am - 12 noon. We will be there on March 7. Come visit with team members of our Exemptions Department to make sure you're receiving all eligible benefits for disabled veterans and/or widowed spouses. We'd love to see you and thank you for your service to our country!


Artwork by Local Artists - OCPA Lobby


We have some beautiful new artwork on display in our lobby from local artists Diana Griffith and Nancy Hagood. Diana is a mixed media artist, as well as a content writer and owner of her own digital content company. Nancy is a contemporary abstract artist whose work has received numerous awards.

We are always interested in showcasing local talent. If you are an artist and would like to explore the opportunity to have your work on display in our busy lobby, please email Usha Tewari, Manager of Customer Service & Outreach at utewari@ocpafl.org.


How Are We Doing?


The entire team at the Orange County Property Appraiser's office strives daily to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our customers. If we had the pleasure of serving you recently, please complete this brief survey and let us know how we did. We are always looking for ways to improve our service delivery. Click here to go to the survey. Thank you!


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