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Hola from New Mexico Mi Amigos!

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DVG2008

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New Mexico
Hi everyone,

I've been lurking here for a bit and I have to say that It is some of the best training available. We should get CE's just for logging on fercryinoutloud!

I'm in Southern New Mexico, about 40 miles from the Mexico border. I've been an apprentice for about 4 years, and am now Certified Residential. I'm starting my own firm, working out of the house, hoping to get a few jobs a month. My biggest desire is to be an actual appraiser, not a "form filler". From what I've seen on this site, it appears I'm not alone. I hope I can bring something to the table here as well.

Cheers!
:peace:
 

Blueprint

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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Oregon
Que pasa? ¿Por qué no se considera como un verdadero evaluador? ¿Entiende usted? Si no,

Times could not be better to start a business, longterm. So long as you can afford to live the cheap for a while and be willing to learn, learn more, and learn again, you will be very successful.

Being 40 miles from the Mexico border used to be money in the bank for many appraisers. It is definately much tougher these days. I am a 3+ year newbie just a few miles from the border in AZ. I have had a lot of fun in the learning process. Good luck to you.
 
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DVG2008

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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New Mexico
Thanks Evan. I have another full time position that affords me plenty of time for my appraisal career. I fell fortunate that I don't have to rely on this solely for my income until I retire in a couple of years. BTW My wife and I are HUGE D-Backs and Wildcats fans.
 

Blueprint

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Oregon
Thanks Evan. I have another full time position that affords me plenty of time for my appraisal career. I fell fortunate that I don't have to rely on this solely for my income until I retire in a couple of years. BTW My wife and I are HUGE D-Backs and Wildcats fans.

This is so cool you are a Wildcats fan. I am a UofA grad in MIS and have been there for Lute Olsen's home games since he began.

That is great you have another full time position. Being in retirement mode, I think having an appraisers license is the way to go.

I do rely on my appraisal skills full time. I am really enjoying the current market we are in as lenders actually want truth due to declining markets.
 

Lobo Fan

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Nov 28, 2004
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
New Mexico
You may want to specialize in areas the El Paso and Cuces guys don't want. There is an ara there, it starts with an "M" that is mostly manufactured homes and pretty rough. I hear that few appraisers will go there. Often you can get a premium for those areas as well. Good luck to you. I get an occasionl call for Cruces and Deming. Send me a PM with your contact info. I will send them your way.
 

Durano Joe

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Colorado
Greetings!
I lived in Las Cruces in the 70's. Too hot for me but nice in the winter.
Welcome to the forum and let me know if I can help with anything.
Like Lobo said, let me know what area you cover and I will refer people to you.
Bruce
 

Offshore

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North Carolina
I'm in Southern New Mexico, about 40 miles from the Mexico border.
I have about 1,100 Pesos left from my last vacation, I didn't have time to convert them due to my connecting flight being a few minutes away. I can't give them away around here. What's your personal conversion rate? You might get an opportunity to demonstrate your honesty and efficiency to me.
 

DVG2008

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May 29, 2008
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
New Mexico
In the late 70s I worked for an insurance company in El Paso. I used to cross over to Juarez with $10.00, have a steak lunch at "Julios", fill up my Audi diesel at the truck stop, and come back with money left over! The exchange rate was phenomenal back then I think around 900 to 1 at one point. I'm too scared to cross the border anymore. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
 

Rufus

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Apr 3, 2008
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Licensed Appraiser
State
Indiana
I've been lurking here for a bit and I have to say that It is some of the best training available. We should get CE's just for logging on fercryinoutloud!

I agree wholeheartedly. I've learned more here in the past month than all 100+ hours of CE that I've taken over the years.

Welcome aboard.
 

David S. Roberson

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Jan 16, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Tennessee
In the late 70s I worked for an insurance company in El Paso. I used to cross over to Juarez with $10.00, have a steak lunch at "Julios", fill up my Audi diesel at the truck stop, and come back with money left over! The exchange rate was phenomenal back then I think around 900 to 1 at one point. I'm too scared to cross the border anymore. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

You need to get tacos at Los Cunados. Unbelievably great!
 
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