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Discussion in 'General Appraisal Discussion' started by Brenda Friesen, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. Brenda Friesen

    Brenda Friesen Sophomore Member

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    Jun 8, 2002
    Staff appraisers are often given a rough time in forum.

    Having been all - trainee; employee; split the fee-er; employer; trainer; independent; staffer; utility staffer - I feel that I have a better than average overview.

    At different time in life - different roles are desireable.

    Each offers certain benefits -

    Trainee - learns under mentor
    Employee - gaines experience with security
    Split fee-er - has oportuinty to make mor $$
    Employer - takes on more responsiility, costs, liability and can make more $$
    Trainer - lot of headaches - can be a rear upper or real downer.
    Independent - Lot of work; lot of fear (loosing and gaining clients)
    Staffer - less stress - (for good company) Just do a good job
    earn less $$ - But get benefits - 401K- health insurance; job security,
    building up Social Security $$ benefits.- Abiltiy to take time off and not feel
    that you are risking your future income.
    Utility Staffer - combination of Independent and Staffer -

    Again - at different times in life, different roles are suitable and desireable.

    Staffers are not scum, as often depicted in forum.

    We each have different needs at different time in our careers and most of use take pride in out profession and strive to do our best - for whomever, whenever.


    B. Friesen, IFA
     
  2. Anthem

    Anthem Senior Member

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    Mar 10, 2004
    Professional Status:
    Certified Residential Appraiser
    State:
    North Carolina
    Interesting, I am considering a staff position with a large bank right now. The main reason I am considering this is so that I will not longer have to be asked to compromise my integrity. I don't want to be Skippy, I don't want to be overly conservative either. I want to produce good reports and whether that opportunity lies in a staff or independent position, shouldn't matter.
     
  3. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Elite Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
    Professional Status:
    Certified General Appraiser
    State:
    Georgia
    :shrug: We have quite a few staff appraisers that are regulars on this forum. I've never dis'ed 'em for having a staff job. Even applied for one myself. Sure, you have more potential to make more green out on your own, but also have all the head aches of business ownership and marketing. Like any other job, it depends largely on the attitue of the management. :)
     
  4. Anthem

    Anthem Senior Member

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    Mar 10, 2004
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    North Carolina
    During the past 6 months that I have been mostly lurking in this forum soaking up knowledge I have seen nothing negative.

    This is a great forum that welcomes professionals and aspiring professionals.
    :cool:
     
  5. Brenda Friesen

    Brenda Friesen Sophomore Member

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    Jun 8, 2002
    The dissing (six)
    has been aimed at the appraiser that "take less money" from the AMCs. e.g VIT and Landsafe and LSI
    Some of these appraiser are - staffers..
    B
     
  6. Anthem

    Anthem Senior Member

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    Mar 10, 2004
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  7. Brenda Friesen

    Brenda Friesen Sophomore Member

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  8. leelansford

    leelansford Elite Member

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    Mar 29, 2002
    Professional Status:
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    State:
    Illinois
    Brenda,

    I may have missed something here, but I never perceived that staff apppraisers were at the bottom of any totem pole.
    I would expect a staff appraiser with, say, a couple of years experience to be a more competent appraiser than the average "other" appraiser who was not a staff appraiser.
    Also...glad to see a posting in this forum by another NAIFA member!
    --Lee Lansford, IFA
     
  9. Tater Salad

    Tater Salad Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
    Professional Status:
    Certified Residential Appraiser
    State:
    Missouri
    Be careful -- being a staffer doesn't guarantee that you won't be pressured. It's all in the management.

    Good luck in whatever decision you make!
     
  10. Pamela Crowley (Florida)

    Pamela Crowley (Florida) Elite Member

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    Jan 13, 2002
    Professional Status:
    Retired Appraiser
    State:
    Florida
    From what I've heard, a staff appraiser for an AMC has office expenses paid for by the company. Accepting low fees per appraisal when office expenses are not an issue is just fine by me and makes good sense. I often tell AMC callers that I would be happy to accept their fees if they paid my expenses.
     
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