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Mountain Man

Elite Member
Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
I know this is the main forum that most read. I usually check out the general, urgent, and client's if anything is new. But lately, there have been several "how to" questions in the Newbie section seeking direction.

Please understand that they are new, like you were once, so BE KIND. I am from the school of "the only dumb question is the one not asked". So pass your whizdum with care. ;)

Guez I nedz Zpel Kechz. :rolleyes:


Freshman Member
May 29, 2003
Are there any suggestions to finding a supervisor? I have contacted several appraisers in my area and they are not "taking" on any trainees. Any information would be helpful!

Farm Gal

Elite Member
Jan 14, 2002
Professional Status
Licensed Appraiser

There are some very helpful suggestions in the forum located below called "Newbie" and also some few in the 'Jobs' forum. The Ask an Appriaser forum also contains some good information. Read the posts a the top of the forums first, some are 'classics' whaich have been placed there because they are 'important'. There is also agreat deal of general information that a new appraiser should be but seldom is exposed to in that Newbie forum!

There are also, as some folks have pointed out, a great number of grim/glum warnings from both established and new appraisers as to how terribly difficult it is to break into this business CORRECTLY even if/after you find someone to take you on as a trainee. Please do not consider these as sour grapes or good ole boy syndrome: they are instead sincere warnings, and pretty educational.

Whatever you may have been told in a school as to how great a job this is and how much money you can make ... getting established and properly trained is difficult for MOST people. A few lucky ones actually land a good mentor, and acquire the skills they really need to continue and thrive in this business. The rest learn through the school of hard knocks, or just quit trying.

Good hunting!
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