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eskayenterprises47

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Hi All, I have always been fascinated by real estate and always been looking for a way to get it. as soon as I found out about the appraiser job in the real estate process I knew that that's what I wanted to do. However, I got busy finishing college, getting a full time job and life got in the way. Now that things have settled a little, I am really looking into getting my General Appraisal License. Currently I am at the very early stages of the process, but upon doing some research on what it takes to get the license I realized that I'd have to be a trainee for a while and also complete a 3000 hrs of work in 6 months. I am hoping to do it part time along with my full time job. it'll be really hard to just be a trainee and raise a family on a trainee salary.
I am looking to be an appraiser in NJ. my question is, is it possible to do this whole process on the weekends or at least part time? I do not mind putting in a few hours here and there during the week, if it'll get it done, and the required of completing 3,000 hrs in 6 months. anyway to get around that or get it done part time?.. I really want to do this and I am committed to it, but it'll be tough to leave my full time job and do this particularly living on the trainee salary, and not getting a good volume of jobs in the first few years.

please share any advice or insight you might have on doing this part time in NJ.

Thank you.

I'll quickly share my experience. I'm a full time teacher and wanted to become a certified residential appraiser also. I did not stop teaching to do so....it took me nine years to get my certification. I made myself available on weekends and during the week as long as daylight was available during the year and during the summer I did it full time during the week with weekends off so I could be with the family. I just passed the certification test in July. Getting a raise from my supervisor is next. It's do able but you will have to be patient.
 

Gobears81

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Illinois
I'll quickly share my experience. I'm a full time teacher and wanted to become a certified residential appraiser also. I did not stop teaching to do so....it took me nine years to get my certification. I made myself available on weekends and during the week as long as daylight was available during the year and during the summer I did it full time during the week with weekends off so I could be with the family. I just passed the certification test in July. Getting a raise from my supervisor is next. It's do able but you will have to be patient.
Seems like half of the appraisers in my area that started in the past 10 years migrated from teaching. What is the correlation?
 

George Hatch

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California
In my experience, only some people who aspire to become an appraiser have what it takes to become functional in the business at any level. (same as applies to most occupations) Of those, only some of the people currently appraising residential have what it takes to become functional at the CG level, and of those only some of the CGs have what it takes to engage at the highest levels with the most complicated appraisal assignments.

The motivation to do what it takes at each of these levels is a critical limiting factor. Personal preferences for work style are another factor. Some appraisers enjoy being on the go 4-5 days a week; others find that exhausting. Some appraisers enjoy camping out at their desk for a week or two at a time; others would go crazy doing that. For some people it's the money and for other people it's the "freedom". The point being that most people in this business choose the compromise that best fits their interests, and its usually not solely about the money.
 

bnmappraisal

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Florida
Well said, George (y) and why I've often stated on here one has to WANT to become an appraiser and it's not for everybody
 

NP_MAI

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Florida
There aren't many lines of business where you have complete ownership of your success. In this business, all you have to do is look in the mirror if you are unhappy with the direction of your career.
 

Lee in L.A.

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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California
Go into investing in RE. That's where the real dinero is.
 

eskayenterprises47

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New Jersey
Seems like half of the appraisers in my area that started in the past 10 years migrated from teaching. What is the correlation?

I'm not leaving the teaching field to do this instead....I want to do this as I teach and then when I retire it will become a true full time gig.
 

George Hatch

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California
There aren't many lines of business where you have complete ownership of your success. In this business, all you have to do is look in the mirror if you are unhappy with the direction of your career.
Damn, I wish I'd said that.

I probably will say that at some point in the future.
 

CANative

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California
I'm not leaving the teaching field to do this instead....I want to do this as I teach and then when I retire it will become a true full time gig.
Shagging houses for lenders when you're old is no fun.
 

Carnivore

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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North Carolina
Shagging houses for lenders when you're old is no fun.
This is a profound statement and the best one to determine if you stop at CR or go on to CG. CR is to restrictive as a 2nd gig/career to supplement a early age Retirement income. In other words if your just wanting to supplement your income The CG pursuit is a tough slog.
Hi All, I have always been fascinated by real estate and always been looking for a way to get it. as soon as I found out about the appraiser job in the real estate process I knew that that's what I wanted to do. However, I got busy finishing college, getting a full time job and life got in the way. Now that things have settled a little, I am really looking into getting my General Appraisal License. Currently I am at the very early stages of the process, but upon doing some research on what it takes to get the license I realized that I'd have to be a trainee for a while and also complete a 3000 hrs of work in 6 months. I am hoping to do it part time along with my full time job. it'll be really hard to just be a trainee and raise a family on a trainee salary.
I am looking to be an appraiser in NJ. my question is, is it possible to do this whole process on the weekends or at least part time? I do not mind putting in a few hours here and there during the week, if it'll get it done, and the required of completing 3,000 hrs in 6 months. anyway to get around that or get it done part time?.. I really want to do this and I am committed to it, but it'll be tough to leave my full time job and do this particularly living on the trainee salary, and not getting a good volume of jobs in the first few years.

please share any advice or insight you might have on doing this part time in NJ.

Thank you.

OK I have read over your post three times to make sure I understand what your trying to do. So what I don't know is what your actually trying to accomplish. It appears that your looking for something to replace your current job/career OR your planning ahead to retire from your current occupation. Then immediately get a monthly retirement check and work as an appraiser to accomplish a number of things; 1. Control your life better(self employed) 2. Supplement your retirement check 3. Do something that is interesting, not mundane. That's a good plan on face. Its nearly impossible, but all things are possible.

If your trying to replace your current employment with something more interesting and your not ready to retire. Well your in for a tough slog! Residential Appraising main stream is boring, not very profitable and has been reduced to being a One Trick Pony Act. Worst of all is you have to be a very fast Pony. Fast and Cheap is the worst thing you can do. BUT everyone still has to eat, provide shelter for themselves and deal with life's everyday problems. Excellence is not rewarded at all in residential appraising, but there are exceptions. Private residential work is the only way to become independent, make a decent living and still relatively maintain some control over yourself. That's not easy either...but it can be done. Even though I work at it almost weekly, I still am unable to divorce myself completely from the One Trick Pony act. I'll explain something here. I rarely get stip'd(explain/correct my work). When I do get stip'd(stipulation), it is always something bordering on silly in the context of the entire report. Most of my stip's really are a result of the Stipper has a reading comprehension problem and job justification!

On the other hand CG is the absolute best way to go simply because you have no limits to what you can provide in Appraisal/valuation Services. That is the best but most difficult path. The failure rate in NC for the CG State licensing test is high! Residential Test failure rate is high also. That's a good thing.

So here is my advice to you! Some will get their hackles up over some of what I am about to say.

1. Do not take any appraisal course on line...go for the In Class setting.
2. Start taking the classes now
3. Take your In class courses from an organization such as AI(my preference) Don't use independent Educators
4. Join an Appraisal Organization such as Appraisal Institute(my personal preference)discount for members on all classes
5. Join any(all of them) state appraiser Organizations that exist in NJ - Invaluable source of current events, source of contacts etc
6. Be a Regular at this Forum...even if your just silent. Read Read Read stuff here.. Especially the CG Forum because they are EXPERT PROBLEM SOLVERS.

Now this is amazing for you....You may be in a position soon to take advantage of something for experience credit and make money without a license! This happens to be a current Hot and contentious Topic. Its called Valuations and it happens outside of the USPAP Bible.... I wont go into this right now ...the other appraisers know what I am talking about. Its because you are unlicensed that opportunity is on the horizon peeking at everyone.
 
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