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Appraisal Typist

Ajohnson73029

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State
Oklahoma
I am relatively new to the appraisal world. I had always had an interest in real estate, but a family friend who is a residential appraiser near us asked me about typing reports for her. I am a stay at home mom with all kids in school so I jumped at the opportunity. I have been typing reports for her since June 2019. I have also been asked to do some work for a few others since starting. I currently work with the Total Alamode program. I LOVE MY JOB! I am also a workaholic!

I was wondering what the general need is for a good typist? I have heard there are some online companies who offer report typing but everything is done through some type of file sharing etc.
Is there a need for typist you can personally interact with as far as phone calls, video chat, text, emails etc. (meaning someone who may not be local but is based in the US and not with a major company)?
 

Elliott

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Apr 23, 2002
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Certified General Appraiser
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Oregon
I worked in a two appraiser shop 30-years ago that hired a typist. We were amazed how experienced the typists were and eventually hired a person who had 5-years of statistical typing. But when computers and software got to a point, it didn't make sense to hand a pencil report to a typist. Then reports were assembled, but with email and jpeg photos, no need for paper reports. With appraisers using ipads, I imagine there is even less need for typing.

Sorry.
 

Michigan CG

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State
Michigan
Is there a need for typist you can personally interact with as far as phone calls, video chat, text, emails etc. (meaning someone who may not be local but is based in the US and not with a major company)?
The need exists for many appraisers. My assistant quit a couple weeks ago with no notice. She was stressed by her pending divorce and having no money............ Having no money and quitting her job made no sense to me but it is what it is.
 

andrew81

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Dec 5, 2008
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Illinois
my career started in a small shop with my supervisor, an office manager, and myself. the office manager of course did all the office work: phone calls, emails, setting appointments, preliminary online research, subject report typing, etc... years later i went independent. while i do i have greater gross income, i miss the days of having someone else do the non-valuation portion of the business.

with that said, yes, i do see potential for someone in your position. good luck
 
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