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CG Trainee inspection

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dwinstonjax

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I am a licensed appraiser and have been offered a position as a Commercial Trainee. I know there will be a learning curve and I am ready for whatever comes my way. I was curious if the inspection process is typically the same as residential? Will I be allowed to complete the inspections on my own without my mentor? I know in my residential trainee days I was able to inspect on my own with no questions asked. However, now lenders typically don't like to see trainees inspecting on their own unless the supervisor inspects also. However, in this case I am licensed and can't see how the inspection process would be that different. My mentor said I will be starting on very simple assignments. What can I expect in my first few months? I want to be as productive as possible and don't want to be sitting around with my hands in my pockets. Any input would be appreciated.
 

Webbed Feet

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<....... snip......> I know in my residential trainee days I was able to inspect on my own with no questions asked. <.....snip......>

I don't have to respond to this do I? I'd rather go out in the garden and eat some slugs.

Webbed.
 

PLCG

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Pennsylvania
Are you familiar with valuing commercial property? Have you been involved in valuing it or selling it? The majority of commercial work is all about the money. It is very different than residential. The inspection process is all about what makes the property valuable to an investor. Not to worry, timewise, the inspection process is a small part of the job. Don't worry about having your hands in your pockets; you'll need then to write that narrative report!

Good luck!
 

Kali the Boston Terrier

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Michigan
What...no questions asked...inspect on your own. Not only is commercial nothing like that, they way you learned is illegal and fraudulent.

I'm really not sure what else to say, except I think you are going to have to learn a lot of new things all over again if you want to be in commercial.
 

kerrylanger

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I am a licensed appraiser and have been offered a position as a Commercial Trainee. I know there will be a learning curve and I am ready for whatever comes my way. I was curious if the inspection process is typically the same as residential? Will I be allowed to complete the inspections on my own without my mentor? I know in my residential trainee days I was able to inspect on my own with no questions asked. However, now lenders typically don't like to see trainees inspecting on their own unless the supervisor inspects also. However, in this case I am licensed and can't see how the inspection process would be that different. My mentor said I will be starting on very simple assignments. What can I expect in my first few months? I want to be as productive as possible and don't want to be sitting around with my hands in my pockets. Any input would be appreciated.

Wow! Do ya think maybe you could inspect and appraise the IDS Tower for a friend of mine? I know he was a lookin for someone to do dat. A duh....I am a sorry I a have ta wipe the pool of drool from a my face duh.....sounds like a state troll to meeeeeeeeeee. Uh duhhhhh.
 

Jungle Boy

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Florida
Commercial is not any different from residential, in that you need to know your stuff.

If you know what you're doing, why have the mentor tag along, and vica versa.
 

Lawrence R.

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South Carolina
Troll alert.

Since he only has 18 posts in 5 years or so, i read them all.

Either this guy is a plant, as his comments seem to revolve around one or two themes, which is how smart he is though he lacks experience...or how he is doing an appraisal he has no business doing--usually commercial....

Either that, or he is in desperate need of an intervention.



Just my .02
 

Michigan CG

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The commercial inspection process is a lot different than residential. There are many more questions asked and a lot of notes taken. I have had inspections last all day.

The note taking is very precise and the description of improvements in a narrative report can be 1-5 pages long, completely in narrative.

I always like to have two people at the inspection and would NEVER, EVER let someone inspect by themselves if I have to sign my name to the report.

The learning curve for someone with your experience will take years.
 

Lost Cause

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New York
Among Other Things

Besides, whether you know what you are doing or not, don't you think the mentor is going to want to see that for him/herself?
 

rbrienza

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Sep 16, 2007
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Certified General Appraiser
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Colorado
As an Appraiser Trainee doing commerical work, I would recommend that your supervisor come and help you and point out the things you need to see. I grew up in the constuction industry .. from the time I was 13 ( Dad owned company) doing mostly commerical and I was supprised at the different was a good commerical appriasier looked at things. I am so glad that I have my mentor that I do. You NEED to have someone look over your shoulder at each step of the way. Just as an example you know the difference between a TPO roof system/ Built -up/ EPDM/ Roller elastomeric system?
The last report I wrote was 310 pages.
Good Luck....
 
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