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terr

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Wisconsin
Does anyone have an assistant come into their home office to assist them with their appraisal business or do all assistants go only into a seperate retail appraisal office space.

If they come into your home office what has been your experiences? How does this work out for you? What do they do for you. How many hours a week do they work, what hours and what are their work duties?

Any detailed answers would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Terr
 

Restrain

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Jan 22, 2002
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Certified General Appraiser
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Florida
I use an assistant but he's my son-in-law. As a rule, most assistants or appraisal trainees are generally family members - they don't go chasing your clients. If you're going to let someone in, remember, you're letting a stranger in your home. I would put interior locks on doors, etc.
 
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Florida
With a home office, my experiences with assistants is not good at all. You're letting someone into your home. If you are not there, they can snoop everywhere and/or sit and watch TV the whole time you're gone. I will not do it again.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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May 2, 2002
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Certified General Appraiser
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Arkansas
My office is at my home, but not in my home. I have no problems with assistants in that respect, but they are in the way. I expect any sub to have their own office / work area and work somewhere besides at my desk. True assistants or secretaries, etc. is different and a place has to be made to accommodate them.

I have concluded that a secretary is far more profitable to me than a subcontractor.
 

Blue1

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Jan 14, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
California
My wife helps by scheduling (which she is VERY good at) some filing, etc. This takes quite a load off me. I hadn't realized just how much time was taken up just scheduling appointments.
 

wyecoyote

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Jan 15, 2002
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Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.
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Washington
Terr,

On the flip side. The first place I worked at was a home office. I hated this araingment as a trainiee. They had 4 kids (ages newborn to 6)running and screaming around. This was absolutley horible nothing like trying to learn and having a kid pulling on your shirt asking questions. The other problem is that it is your home and the trainees do have full access what happens if they leave and forget to lock the doors. Or have an accident slip and fall breaking a leg? Me personally if I ever hire a trainee there will be an office space for them.

Ryan
 

Verne Hebert

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Feb 25, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
State
Montana
I have a freestanding office building on the property. I have had assistants over the past 10 years (sometimes 2 at a time). I have found, just like trainees, some work out and some don't. You will know in 2 months. A lot of people are A, B, C, D. As soon as a lot of thinking is required, complete meltdown. We have complicated property here--real thinking is required (not like Vegas, good god I love to pick on the easy money boys).

Try it. You might find it works for you. The person has to fit the job--but I have had some gems!
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Jan 14, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Colorado
Moved business into my home in February. Was totally shocked when wife said "get some help". I have an assistant (female) who comes to the house regularly. Working out so far but some of the draw backs are:

1. Not enough work space for both us at the same time.
2. Must leave her alone in my house.
3. Need another work station with phones, internet, computer and printers. Going to add additional phones (already have computers...just need internet connection).
4. Nosey neighbors think I am having an affair. Wife knows better.
5. Accepting too much work again, wanted to slow down not build up.
6. Still takes longer to train than to do it myself.
 
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