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John nance

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Hi, my name is John. I'm new to appraisal topic and forums in general, so please forgive any dumb questions or etiquette. I live in Montgomery County in Pa above Philly. I'm 34 married with 5 kids. I spent 6 years in the Air Force, and now manage a tire store. I'm getting really tired of retail, and have been looking for a change. My father in law is an accountant for an appraiser, and is always talking about how much money this guy is making. I currently make $60k a year what I'm doing now. I guess I'm asking if anyone has any input about this area, what do I need to do to get started, what schools offer training and so on. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
 

Meandering

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Montgomery County is more highly developed than up here.

There are appraisers that occassion this forum that service your area.

Before you spend money on classes, find someone who will mentor you. This profession is much less about the money, than it is about actually appraising. If you hang on the forum long enough, you'll figure this out, that many will do the work for half the fee, they formerly did for twice the price, just so they can do the work.

:eyecrazy:

Otherwise,

Welcome to the forum.

You might look for JTip and see if PennDot takes trainees, and if so, what it pays.

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John nance

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Pennsylvania
Montgomery County is more highly developed than up here.

There are appraisers that occassion this forum that service your area.

Before you spend money on classes, find someone who will mentor you. This profession is much less about the money, than it is about actually appraising. If you hang on the forum long enough, you'll figure this out, that many will do the work for half the fee, they formerly did for twice the price, just so they can do the work.

:eyecrazy:

Otherwise,

Welcome to the forum.

You might look for JTip and see if PennDot takes trainees, and if so, what it pays.

.
Thanks for the tips. I already have an associate degree, and I have some GI bill money left from the government, so the classes would be paid for. I can't afford to up and quit my job though, so I might be going the online route. Any thoughts on a school I could contact? There's a lot of adds floating around. I would like to talk to a reputable school and see what I need, and if it's covered by the GI bill. Thanks again. I've seen a steady decline in my current field, and want to explore some options.
 

Meandering

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Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.

if your mentor is very good, maybe online classes work. I'm not a fan of them for most people. If you're going commercial, take the AI classes.

Oh, because, after you pass classes, there is no one who can force a mentor to work with you.

Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
 

John nance

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Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.

if your mentor is very good, maybe online classes work. I'm not a fan of them for most people. If you're going commercial, take the AI classes.

Oh, because, after you pass classes, there is no one who can force a mentor to work with you.

Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
Get a mentor before you take classes.
So... is it worth it to look for a mentor?
 

Meandering

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So... is it worth it to look for a mentor?
Before you go spending any money for classes it is.

And if you get a good mentor, they might actually recommend specific classes for you to take, for good reason.

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Mike Kennedy

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Riick

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Delaware
Wait... What ever happened to the BA degree requirement.
Did they bail on that ?

It's far from Peaches -&- Cream getting started in this business; are you mentally & financially prepared to spend 2,500 hours over a minimum of 2-years, as a trainee at what will look like slave wages?

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