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Just Accepted My First Assignment!

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Ed Falkowski MAI SRA

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Jun 25, 2007
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Certified General Appraiser
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You're no different than any other professional who cares about their profession and attempts to do their job the right way every single time. Take a deep breath, remember what your mentor(s) and instructors taught you, be honest/ethical, provide good support... and conclude to a value. If someone wants to argue with you, let them (within reason) and, if it turns out that you were wrong, fix it right away.

None of us are perfect. Actually, USPAP states as such, believe it or not. The comment to SR 1-1(c) - lines 450-452:

Comment: Perfection is impossible to attain, and competence does not require perfection. However, an appraiser must not render appraisal services in a careless or negligent manner. This Standard Rule require an appraiser to use due diligence and due care.

Remember that in all of your appraisals from now until the end of your career.

Good luck (and congrats) on your first assignment!
 

methow

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Apr 6, 2019
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Washington
I'm a newbie too. Getting started in this career is super challenging, and I think that feeling of self doubt can best be described as "imposter syndrome." :oops:
 

Bill75

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Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 18, 2015
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Texas
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?
Good on you. I also still remember my first order I took from when I went out on my own in the beginning of 2016. It happened to be a smaller lender I referred business to from my broker days. The order was in another town and I took it for $350. Cookie cutter deal, but I soon realized I was getting all of the orders that they were having trouble with value. They wanted me to be their "yes" man. That relationship didn't last long. To this day, I only have two lenders I still work with from when I started. Just remember though, there is no loyalty in this business and write every report as if it was going to be admissible in court and you will be just fine.
 

Salty

Junior Member
Joined
Mar 12, 2010
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Pennsylvania
Remember: say no to insultingly low AMC fees. Stick to your principles and don't forget to be compensated for holding the liability and fact that you are 1099 with no benefits. Demand what you are worth, new or seasoned, its your signature.
 

bnmappraisal

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Gold Supporting Member
Joined
Nov 9, 2011
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Florida
I'm a newbie too. Getting started in this career is super challenging
Indeed it is and continues to be, even 10+ yrs later. Never stop learning and keep pushing yourself to be better
This career isn't for everyone, and I've said it many times before, but still believe it ... You have to WANT to be an appraiser
and I think that feeling of self doubt...
...is VERY normal!

And when you come up against a problem/issue you haven't come across before, definitely reach out to someone with more experience

Whether that means coming on here and posting the question, or calling another appraiser you know from your area with more experience, it's better to "delay" the report and get the answer right than try to go it alone and really mess up! Many times, (good) clients will understand as long as you explain the delay.
 

Lucky Dog Appraisals

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Oct 6, 2016
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Tennessee
I am newly certified as well and would like to if anyone can recommend AMCs that accept newly licensed appraisers or should I just apply to all that are licensed in my State and hope for the best.:clapping:
 
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