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Disabled Appraiser - What To Do?

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dnilgis

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Imagine you are an appraiser and have mobility restrictions, wheelchair, etc.

How can you continue your practice when vendors require that the signing appraiser personally inspect all areas of a home? Are no allowances made for appraisers with a disability to have an assistant help with interior inspections when needed?

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residentialguy

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Some jobs are not right for everyone. You could have an assistant help, but it would probably not be cost effective.
 

SnoValues

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Might be forced to "ride a desk" as a reviewer or only accept drive-by or land appraisals.
 

Bobby Bucks

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Reviews and desktops are an option. I don't personally know anyone who does desktops fulltime, I but they do exist. I do know several who do desktops part time and never leave home. If one is able to drive they could still do 2055 exteriors.
 

CindyR

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there are lots of jobs that lots of people can't do if they are no longer able to physically perform them. no allowances.
 

Meandering

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Imagine you are an appraiser and have mobility restrictions, wheelchair, etc.

How can you continue your practice when vendors require that the signing appraiser personally inspect all areas of a home? Are no allowances made for appraisers with a disability to have an assistant help with interior inspections when needed?

Any comments?

Are you familiar with the ADA laws?

How about employment laws in regard to ADA?

I suggest you read up on both before you take anything else stated in this thread as sound advice.

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Tom Woolford

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I've been struggling with this question as my Arthritis slowly destroys my major joints. So far, I've had to give up larger homes, I simply can't get around them, 2 story,( stairs, yeah thats not happening), and FHA with crawl spaces. I can get down, but can't get back up. All FHA is going to have to go pretty soon as even 5 steps on a ladder is agony.

I've pretty much come to the same conclusions as mentioned above: Desk (technical) reviews, desktop appraisals and probably (gasp), appraiser assisted AVM's. I can probably keep pretty much the same income level since I'm not spending time driving, and supplies will be less. 2055 exteriors IS an option, but they are very few these days. I just have to make darn sure everything is USPAP compliant before climbing aboard.
 

Meandering

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Then I won't break your heart and tell you there is a legally blind appraiser in PA, who is certified as an appraiser, and is working as one.

Read the ADA laws.

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residentialguy

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Most good appraisers are self-employed and ADA laws aren't applicable. Lenders don't know if you're handicap, but you have to be able to do the job.
 
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