Just some hindsight 20/20 for you all. When looking for a mentor try to find someone who is very diversified, ie. attorney work, litigation, review and less than 50% mortgage related. You will find you will probably learn more not being restricted by fannie, freddie and FHA guidelines. If they are linked with any professional organizations would be good as well, you will by proxy get to know the whose who of appraisers in your area. Also look for someone who is adept at marketing and does not depend solely on word of mouth. I trained with a very good mentor, however, all their business came from word of mouth, which WAS very good. Nowadays word of mouth doesn't really get you anywhere. Hopefully, someday soon (although I doubt soon) word of mouth will pay off for ethical and competent appraisers. GOOD LUCK, its rough out there.