Ramir Rodriguez

Ramir Rodriguez recently joined the Software For Real Estate Professionals, Inc.(SFREP) team in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ramir was appointed as SFREP's Chief Operating Officer in June 2013. Prior to joining SFREP, Ramir managed business development efforts with Treasure Valley Factors in Idaho and wrote several articles for Appraisal Buzz regarding financial management in the appraisal industry. Ramir has a B.Sc. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership, Organization, & Management from Eastern Oregon University. You can connect with Ramir Rodriguez on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Forecasting Your Appraisal Business

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Memorize this statement:  "Cash flow is the lifeblood of all businesses. Without cash flow your business will die."

I stress this statement often when I talk to appraisers during conferences, meetings, and webinars. Why?  Because you are a small business owner first… and an appraiser second! Appraisers do a remarkable job and take great pride in their appraisal work. I recommend that you also take this attitude and approach towards your appraisal business, particularly your cash flow.

Preparing For A Successful 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I know everyone is busy during this time of the year. Many of us are preparing for the holidays. Some are working to finish the year strong. Or if you're like me, following college football bowl games and trying to survive the cold Idaho weather!

It's common for appraisers (or any business owner) to be in the "now" rather than prepare for the new year. May I suggest 5 things you can do now to prepare for a successful 2013.

How to Deal With Difficult Clients

Monday, August 27, 2012

Do you have a client that always takes a long time to pay you? Do you have a client that needs to be reminded all the time about payments that are past due?  Do you have a client that gives you the runaround transferring your calls from one extension or department to another?  Do you have a client that tell you that a check is on the way, but days or weeks later still no payment? Chances are you are very familiar with these scenarios if you run an appraisal business.

How to Make Sure You Get Paid by AMCs

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

On April 27, 2011, H.B. No. 1146 also known as "AMC Bill" was passed in the state of Texas. Through successful efforts of the Foundation of Appraisers Coalition of Texas (FACT), its members, and many more this bill requires the registration and regulation of appraisal management companies doing business in Texas. The following is a link to H.B. No. 1146…

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/bills/hb/HB1146.pdf

Small Business Cash Crunch

Friday, May 25, 2012

I was invited to attend the Association of Texas Appraisers (ATA) Mid-Year Meeting in New Braunfels, TX back in late February. I met many wonderful ATA members and the meeting was very well organized. Much of the meeting consisted of discussions on Texas Appraiser Licensing Certification Board (TALCB) commission activities, technology tools for appraisers, and USPAP.