It seems that many appraisers (from what is written inthis forum) either hate their profession or see it ending sometime soon (AVM's). I am enrolled in some classes in Kansas City and it seems like a great profession. Can make a good amount of money, with hard work of course. I have talked to over 50 appraisers and all have no need for a trainee. It seems that this profession WILL die soon; not because of AVM's, banks, etc., but from the lack of appraisers wanting to train new people. I even let them know I would work for pennies, work long hours, and sign a non-compete disclosure. I know it is a pain to have a trainee (more time, make less, liability, trainee leaving, etc). But without these new people coming in, who will be the new blood. Maybe the Appraisal Boards should step in and make it a license requirement to train new appraisers every few years. Maybe that is a bad idea, but it would keep this profession going for years to come. After all, who is going to fight the banks and mortgage companies when there is only 1 appraiser left.