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I am a trainee and I want to go directly to commerical.

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EquianAvante

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Hello, I am curious as a trainee, how I would pursue a career path in Commericial foregoing residential. I had to do some soul searching and have come to the conclusion, I won't settle for mediocrity and I will work for free to gain the knowledge and experience necessary. I have a strong knack for mathematics and equations do not daunt me. Any advice would definitely be taken into consideration.
 

JT1974

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Do you have a 4-year college degree? If so, what was your major?

Also, how old are you? What was your career prior to entering the appraisal profession?

The more we know about you, the better advice we can offer.
 

Blueprint

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Commercial is they way to go long term. MAI certification will take you even further. That being said, there is more to appraising than simply passing classes and passing different tests. What are your educational credentials? What do you have to offer personally, outside of your education? There is much to be known before we can direct you most accurately. Go for it, if you are serious. Don't let anything irrational hold you back from moving forward. Just be informed about what you do.
 

Michigan CG

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Hello, I am curious as a trainee, how I would pursue a career path in Commericial foregoing residential. I had to do some soul searching and have come to the conclusion, I won't settle for mediocrity and I will work for free to gain the knowledge and experience necessary. I have a strong knack for mathematics and equations do not daunt me. Any advice would definitely be taken into consideration.

The one thing you need to consider is that Residential Appraisal in not settling for mediocrity. There are many residential appraisers who are VERY good at what they do and there are many commercial (CG) appraisers who are very bad at what they do.

Obtaining the correct training is the key.
 

Blueprint

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The one thing you need to consider is that Residential Appraisal in not settling for mediocrity. There are many residential appraisers who are VERY good at what they do and there are many commercial (CG) appraisers who are very bad at what they do.

Obtaining the correct training is the key.

A good example of being informed, especially the correct training part.
 

EquianAvante

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Thank you for the candid responses, I won't let any of yous down.
 

wvk7978

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It's great to see that you are so motivated. I have been a residential trainee for almost 2 years, and I am now starting my training to learn commercial. To be honest, I wouldn't have wanted to do it any other way. I was lucky enough to work for a company that does both residential and commercial, so the transition has been pretty smooth. I realize more and more each day that residental appraising gives you the building blocks and base needed to succeed with commercial. Vice versa, since I have started learning commercial, I felt that it has really helped me write better residential jobs. Don't limit your potential. The best appraisers are the ones that have the ability to appraise any type of real estate!!

Best of Luck!!
 

EquianAvante

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Ahhhh, yes, very wise words in deed. Now if I can just spend less time on the forums and more time marketing and studying, I will be invincible!!!!!!
 

Michigan CG

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I realize more and more each day that residental appraising gives you the building blocks and base needed to succeed with commercial. Vice versa, since I have started learning commercial, I felt that it has really helped me write better residential jobs. Don't limit your potential.......

Best of Luck!!

You will find that after you learn commercial appraising your residential reports will become a lot longer.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Considering the state of the residential market, I think anyone who goes directly to commercial work is in a superior position. There is no use paying your dues to mortgage brokers and competing with Skippy for $150 jobs. My best advice is still to specialize (retail, hotel, agri, industrials) according to your whim and background. There are commercial appraisers who appraise only truck stops and food plazas. Recreational properties. Golf courses. etc. They draw the best pay.
 
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