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Rick Singh Report

$1 Billion Back To The Tax Roll

In an exciting press conference earlier this month, Rick Singh announced that OCPA has reached a landmark milestone by returning $1 Billion to the county's tax roll. The additional taxable value, amassed between 2013 and 2019, was recovered from a combination of compliance initiatives Property Appraiser Rick Singh has led to ensure the accurate assessment of all Orange County property.

Benefiting the county for years to come, the additional tax revenue generated by the billion dollars of value will help fund schools, infrastructure, and community parks.

Tree Seedlings Giveaway - OCPA Celebrates Earth Day

OCPA celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by hosting the 3rd annual Tree Seedling Giveaway in Downtown Orlando. By giving away tree seedlings, OCPA encouraged residents in the community to plant new life around their homes and businesses.

In addition to the tree seedling giveaway, Rick Singh has led a variety of other green initiatives since taking office in 2013. In 2015, the office introduced 30 hybrid vehicles for field appraisers to use. The Prii fleet is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also projected to save taxpayers $1.2 million over 10 years. Another notable program pioneered by the office is the employee commuter benefit program, available to staff of the property appraiser's office who take an alternate method of travel into work each day.

OCPA Adds New Technology

Orange County is extremely unique, with seven major theme parks, four major water parks, hundreds of hotels, and nearly 400,000 residential properties. To keep pace with the ongoing real estate growth in Orange County, Rick Singh announced on April 23 that earlier this year OCPA added a new piece of technology to its toolkit, ultra-high-resolution aerial photography.

During the announcement, Singh expounded on the benefits of the program, saying that the "... new, state-of-the-art imagery will provide the level of detail we need to assess some of Orange County's larger and more remote parcels. It is far less invasive for our property owners, an incredible time savings for us, and supports our commitment to accuracy in assessment."

Orange County Market News

The number of single-family home distressed sales in Orange County has dropped dramatically since 2015 - down to just 835 in 2018. But data collected shows three areas disproportionally affected, claiming more than half of all distressed sales.

Remember, a "distressed sale" is one in which the sale is made under unfavorable circumstances, such as a foreclosure or short sale.

The afflicted areas, made up of specific zip codes within a region, have been highlighted on the map above.

  • Area 1: five zip codes across Northwest Orange County contain 25% of all distressed sales
  • Area 2: two zip codes in East Orange County contain 20%
  • Area 3: two zip codes in South Orange County contain the remaining 10%

As the real estate market in Orange County continues to tighten, with a greater amount of inventory at higher price points, these neighborhoods are the ones to watch. Also, early data on distressed sales in 2019 tells us that the overall number is again on the decline - nearly 30% in just the first quarter as compared to the first quarter of 2018.

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Puerto Rican Parade

On April 27, OCPA participated in the Puerto Rican Parade in Downtown Orlando. The event offered an exciting opportunity to support Orange County's Puerto Rican community. What an amazing day! Team OCPA had a blast celebrating Puerto Rico's culture with hundreds of Orange County residents.

Macedonia Health and Wellness Fair

OCPA participated in the Macedonia Health and Wellness Fair that took place in Eatonville on April 20. The event proved to be extremely educational, and provided a fantastic resource to the residents in attendance.

Central Florida Earth Day

On April 20, OCPA stood beside local leaders, community organizations, and Orange County residents in celebration of Earth Day. Proud to represent such an important cause, OCPA will continue in its effort to green-up the Orlando area.

Lake Nona Easter Basket Festival

Lake Nona's Easter Basket Festival, held on April 13, was a charming, community-focused event. OCPA had a great time visiting the Lake Nona neighborhood, meeting families, and sharing information about our office.

Bunny in The Park at Hunter's Creek

OCPA joined the residents of Hunter's Creek for their Bunny in The Park event on April 6. The day was packed with wholesome family fun, and gave OCPA staff the opportunity to help many Hunter's Creek residents with various property-related questions.

Celebrating the New East Orange District Park and Recreation Center

On April 2, Rick Singh joined Mayor Jerry Demings and other community leadership at the grand opening of the East Orange District Park Recreation Center. The center features nine original nature mosaics, and will be a great resource for Orange County residents of all ages.

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