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Made My Decision

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Sophomore Member
May 10, 2003
I noticed I cannot reply to my previous post and the advice many here gave to me over the last few days. So, I hope it is ok to start this new subject and give you guys the update.

I have decided to go with my friend. Following up on the questions the other day, I asked her the following questions, and got the following responses...

Q. Do your clients allow a trainee to conduct inspections by themselves?

A. A couple do. However, for the first six months no solo inspections, even if the client allows for it.

Q. Is their enough work to go around?

A. She stated that ever since going on her own she has had the possibility of doing quite a bit more work. However, she has taken enough work to keep her busy, without it completely taking over her family life.

Q. How does my training fit into that equation?

A. She states that it will be a lot of work for her. However, she feels that a good friend opened the door for her on what she believes is a good career (most of the time), and since I have been there for her in some tough spots in her life, she would like to get me through the 2 years, and then start a partnership.

I discussed the shop offer with her as well. She stated the friend that helped her get into the shop where she trained left 4 months later, after passing the LR test. She is grateful to the friend, but stayed where she was because a system for her was in place. Looking back, the friend took a job with one other guy that had been in the business for years. She wished she had asked them to take her on, but did not want to switch mid steam in her training.

She said she would like me to come on board. She said the 2000 hours in 2 years will not be a problem, and that after 6 months or so, I will be less of a burden on her as I will know the software, things to look for at the inspections and a lot more about the Appraisal process. After the 2 years, if I would rather, I will have what I need to move on.
She claims my long time work in Consulting roles, often working on my own, would make me dislike the big shop. She has been my close friend for many years. Maybe she knows better than I do.

I agreed and said I would give it a whirl.

Jan 13, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
Congratulations, Helen!

Sounds good and I feel you've probably made the best decision for yourself.


Senior Member
May 30, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
I completely agree with Pamela. She is wise. Hopefully it won't effect your friendship. One of my mentors that I didn't know from Adam has become one of my best friends.

I don't want to sound sexist. But there are areas where two women should go together, because of rough neighborhoods. Heck, there are places where two men should go together for that matter. LOL

Again congratulations.


Senior Member
Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.

Nice to hear. Hope it works out for you. Keep us up on what is going on.

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