Hello to all! I'm just about one year into this biz and I feel that I'm performing quite well. Coming from an art background, I've grasped these intangible understandings of the market and our role as appraisers successfully. That has probably been the most beneficial aspect of my process thus far. Moreover, I'm technically sound and have proven to be fabulous support to my mentor. All in all, I'm proud of my achievements and I'm developing confidence in this field. So far I've obtained all of my clients on my own due to the help of our internet appraisal directories. However, I've learned that brokers are merely fair weather friends and that doesn't leave me feeling less insecure as I'd like to. I'm looking at this point to build clientele. I'd like to have two weeks of work set up in advance with an average of 4 SFR appraisals a week. I realize I might be dreaming with this fantasy, but still strive to meet this goal. I've been sending letters to trust attorneys; real estate values are atypically high so inheritance of a home usually results in paying the inheritance tax. Other than that I've figured I could solicit divorce attorneys but I wonder, "do I really want to get in the middle of that??!" So what do you guys do to keep your phone ringing? What did you all do before the invent of online appraisal directories?? Do any of you meet similar goals??? Thanks in advance! Allison.