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Freshman Member
Apr 5, 2017
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Appraiser Trainee
I am a trainee for a large commercial real estate company. I am wondering if anyone has good advice on how to start your own commercial appraisal business after getting licensed? How many years of experience would I need in the industry? How do you become an appraiser that banks would trust to complete quality appraisals? Is it easy to get started with banks, but also easy for them to kick you out once they disagree with you value? Or is it difficult to start getting any business at all because I would be new without a serious reputation? I am basically wondering how one gets a reputation as a quality appraiser (to where banks will send their business) if he or she is just working for a large appraisal company.

Thanks in advance for any advice given.


Junior Member
Jan 20, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
If you're just starting out as a trainee, it might take 3 years to get license and out on your own. Then a lot of clients won't touch you until you've been licensed for at least 3 years. So if you're just starting, you've probably got 6 lean years ahead of you.

Terrel L. Shields

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Gold Supporting Member
May 2, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
Get clients on your own for your boss. Concentrate on tax attorneys, CPA's, places he doesn't cover. When on your own, they may follow you.
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