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Looking To Become An Appraiser?

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A Brit in California

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May 6, 2006
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Certified Residential Appraiser
Just wanted to post a few random thoughts about new appraisers, trainees and those thinking about becoming appraisers.
I've been working with my first trainee now for about 2-3 months. He has a real estate background as a broker so he knows the "lingo" so to speak.
With all his real estate knowledge he is still not able to write a report. He has learned how to process a house (measure, sketch, photograph, etc). The next step is learning to write a report. He will be cloning a new subject from a similar appraisal report. Just out of curiosity I had him try one. It was not pretty. Just by that, I can see it will take some time to get him up to speed.
With that being said....he will become a good appraiser in the future. He clearly has the ability and the desire. It's just going to take more time than I originally thought it might. Like I said.....this is my first trainee.
I am learning too.
Many many months ago I was going to take on another trainee. No real estate background what-so-ever. Has a Master's Degree in hotel management...so he isn't uneducated. Took him out once to help me process a home. Talk about being lost! He was clueless. I told him it was not going to work with me and he understood and set off to find someone else to train him. Perhaps one time out with him was not a good read of his abilities.....but it was enough for me.
It is much much much much easier to become a real estate agent than it is to become an appraiser. The skill set's are vastly different.
However knowing something about real estate is vital (in my humble opinion) to becoming an appraiser. A background as a real estate agent or as a lender or as a contractor or as something associated with real estate goes a long way.
Is it possible to become an appraiser with no real estate associated background? Probably...sure. But I'm guessing it will take a whole lot longer.
Anyway's that's my two cents on the subject.
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