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Our services include a broad range of appraisal functions including eminent domain appraisals, appraisal review, and aviation related assignments. The principals of the firm are Daniel R. DeRango, MAI and Richard A. Best, MAI. Dan DeRango and Richard Best jointly manage the firm. DeRango, Best & Associates was established on October 28, 1998 as the successor to Daniel R. DeRango & Company, established in 1995.

Daniel R. DeRango, MAI, CCIM
Graduate of Stetson University, Deland, Florida
Bachelor of Business Administration - Major: Finance
Member of the Appraisal Institute, MAI No. 7557
Florida State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. 0001054
Georgia State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. 213097
Registered Real Estate Broker/State of Florida, License No. 0355191
Former Director - Appraisal Institute, East Central Florida Chapter
Member of the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals / Airport Executives

 

Richard A. Best, MAI, CCIM, MRICS
Graduate of Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida;
Bachelor Business Administration; Major: Real Estate.

Real estate courses and seminars sponsored by the Appraisal Institute.
Member: Appraisal Institute, MAI, Membership #11214
CCIM Candidate (Certified Commercial Invdestment Manager); CCIM Institute.
State Certified Appraiser Instructor; State of Florida
Florida Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. RZ0002001
Georgia Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. 240059
 
Philip A. Sealy, MAI
B.S. Degree, Sociology, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.
American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers courses
CCIM courses
Member - Appraisal Institute, MAI
Member - Orlando Area Association of Realtors
Member - Florida and National Association of Realtors
State Certified General Appraiser, Florida, 1994, License # RZ 0002046
 
 

Dawn M. Hunt

RESIDENT OF: Orlando, Florida

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:  

Graduate of Western Governor’s University; Bachelor of Science – Finance

Successfully completed all required real estate courses and seminars as required for certification by the State of Florida. Also completed continuing education requirements, to date, for the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board.

Courses & Seminars completed:

  • Appraisal Board Course 1

  • Appraisal Board Course II

  • Appraisal Board Course III

  • Standards of Professional Practice

  • Real Estate Statistics and Valuation

  • Ad Valorem Tax Consulting

  • Advanced Income Capitalization

  • Financial Crimes Symposium

Florida Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. RZ2926

  •  April 2002 to Present, Researcher and Appraiser with DeRango, Best & Associates.

  • August 2000 to April 2002, Marketing Assistant, Taylor Woodrow Homes

  • July 1993 to August 2000, Research Assistant with Valuation Associates.

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENTS:                      

Have researched and provided significant assistance for a variety of commercial properties throughout the Central Florida area.

Experience with:

  • Apartments                            

  • Hotels & Resorts

  • Office buildings

  • Condominium projects

  • Subdivisions                        

  • Regional Shopping Centers

  • Acreage

  • Industrial properties

  • Restaurants                          

  • Convenience Store         

  • Agricultural (citrus, pasture, nursery, etc.)

  • Planned Unit Developments

  • Automobile Dealerships

Property Locations In Florida:

Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Polk, Lake and Volusia Counties), Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Tampa Bay Metro area

 

 

Joanne Ecker

RESIDENT OF: Winter Springs, Florida

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:                           

All required real estate courses for certification by the State of Florida.   Courses & Seminars completed:

  • Standards of Professional Practice

  • Appraisal Board Course I

  • Appraisal Board Course II

  • Appraisal Board Course III

  • Appraisal Laws & Rules

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:              

Florida Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. RZ3084

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:             

April 2003 to Present, Researcher and Appraiser with DeRango, Best & Associates.

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENTS:         

I have appraised a variety of commercial properties throughout the Central Florida area.

Experience with:

  • Apartment Complexes                                            

  • Hotels & Resorts

  • Office Buildings                                                      

  • Condominium Projects

  • Subdivisions        

  • Shopping Centers

  • Acreage                                       

  • Industrial Properties

  • Restaurants

  • Convenience Stores

  • Retail Properties                                                       

  • Mixed-use Developments

  • Eminent Domain & ROW Takings              

  • Aviation Properties

Property Locations In Florida:

Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Polk, Lake, Volusia, Hillsborough, Manatee, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Sumter, Broward, Sarasota, Pinellas, Flagler and Duval Counties

 

 

Richard D. Ratkai

RESIDENT OF: Orlando, Florida

EDUCATION:                           

University of Central Florida Graduate; Bachelor of Science – Finance, 2011

Successfully completed all required real estate courses and seminars as required for registration by the State of Florida. Also completed continuing education requirements, to date, for the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board.

 Courses & Seminars completed:

  • 100 Hours Pre-qualifying Education, State Registered Real Estate Appraiser Trainee

  • Working towards experience and education requirements for State Certified General Appraiser License, State of Florida.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:                        

Florida State-Registered Trainee Real Estate Appraiser No. RI24056.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:             

  • January 2015 to Present, Researcher and Appraiser with DeRango, Best & Associates.

  • February 2012 through 2014, Pricing Associate, Signature Flight Support

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENTS:                      

Have researched and provided significant assistance for a variety of commercial properties throughout the Central Florida area.

Experience with:         

  • Office buildings

  • Automobile Dealerships and Repair Facilities

  • Restaurants

  • Neighborhood Shopping Centers

  • Acreage       

  • Industrial properties

  • Restaurants 

  • Convenience Store

  • Agricultural

Property Locations In Florida:

Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Polk, Lake and Volusia Counties)

 

With our state of the art facilities and highly trained staff, we are fully equipped to provide appraisal and consultation services that meet our clients’ time and deadline needs, doing so at the highest quality level.

DeRango, Best & Associates

1601 East Amelia Street
Orlando, Florida 32803

Phone: (407) 895-6650 | Fax: (407) 898-8467

 

 

DeRango, Best and Associates

REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS, ADVISORS & CONSULTANTS

  

1601 East Amelia Street     |     Orlando, Florida 32803     |      Phone: (407) 895-6650     |     Fax: (407) 898-8467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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