Hi everyone! I am new to the appraisal business and found this site to be full of useful information. I am a dislocated Systems Administrator who has changed careers. Yes, I have read all of the posts about why you shouldnt become an appraiser. Didnt scare me off. I am a hard worker, detail oriented, organized, comitted, love working with numbers and have a construction background. I read that I should make about 20k first year, that is fine, it will be an 8k raise from unemployment. Even though it is 1/3 of what I was making in my previous job. I finished my appraisal classes, passed my state exam and have a mentor who is going to sign off for me. I have 4 companies that "said" they will give me work, plus my mentor will throw some work my way. All I can do is work hard, listen, learn and with a few breaks I should be alright. Time will tell.