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Just Accepted My First Assignment!

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RockBass

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Anyone else experience those dual emotions of "Here we go!" and "Oh God, what have I done?"

Yes, I know I'm competent and I fully believe I can complete the appraisal, but what if I booger it all up?! But you've got to start somewhere and everyone has that first appraisal, right?
 

Pittsburgh Pete

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You'll be fine. Haven't shaken that thought for the entirety of my 37+ year career in this biz. Still waiting to complete that report that I feel 100% confident with--haven't gotten there yet. I suspect that being self-critical will serve you very well.
 

CANative

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Almost every time.

Just keep working until you finally get that "checkmate" moment. I like it when a horrible assignment is completely done and I keep re-reading my report in a kind of awe.

lol
 

JTip

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I remember my first one back in '09; a purchase for a local bank for $350/1004 and it was appraised around $90k. I drive by it occasionally.
 

RockBass

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I remember my first one back in '09; a purchase for a local bank for $350/1004 and it was appraised around $90k. I drive by it occasionally.
Congratulations on ten years!
 

Gobears81

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I remember the first property that I appraised was a house for an older woman and when inspecting the property, I asked her a question, to which she replied "you should know that" :oops:

You'll be fine. Best of luck
 
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devin

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You'll be ok, I remember my 1st order was a purchase on a condo, I liked the fact that it was vacant, Just used the supra code, and wallah!! so I felt comfortable taking my time, concentrating on everything making sure to get enough pics, and taking notes, and remembering all the extras that come with a condo (hoa name, fees, parking, amenities, etc
 

Carnivore

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You'll be fine. Haven't shaken that thought for the entirety of my 37+ year career in this biz. Still waiting to complete that report that I feel 100% confident with--haven't gotten there yet. I suspect that being self-critical will serve you very well.
IMHO Pete's Sage Comment is right on the money. If you ever get to the point that you think you don't or can't make a mistake is when a self examination is in order.

I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder. In the military I was a Army Pilot for almost two decades(17 years active flight status). So a checklist, repetition was drilled into us.

So you will be fine. In the beginning like you are become very organized and have a consistent pattern established when conducting your site inspection. Use a Checklist, take lots of pix; i.e 4 quartering views of the subject. Interior Pix the same objective.

"A picture is worth a thousand words" is an English language adage. It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single picture, this picture conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does. "

Best of Luck to you! You will be just fine. FTR you already are starting off on the right foot by being a member of this Forum. This place is the premiere site for advice and expanding your knowledge base. Seriously, I can not emphasis enough how important a resource this web site is to you.
 
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