- Apr 12, 2008
- Professional Status
- Certified Residential Appraiser
I am in a non-compete contract w/my firm I currently work for as an appraiser in a satellite office. I basically work part time and out of my area with no additional perks due to lack of marketing presence my firm has in my city. My non-compete only expires once I have left the firm, I can then go work as an appraiser in my area after and only after 2 years have passed. The firm has been great to me, however, the owner has been known to sue appraisers that have left. There is no medical, 401K nor bonuses of any kind especially in respects to our 24 hour mandatory turn around for our appraisals - and if late, results in a % cut for us. I am currently in a situation where extra money is really needed. I have been offered a job as an independant contractor doing appraisals right in my city for a local company whose owner expressed to me they are in tremendous need for an appraiser in my area and has an additional 5 orders just last week they cannot even get to. I told them I was in a non-compete and of course they thought that was basically communist. I feel so stuck and yes, my company accepts AMC work for throat cut prices and is opening an AMC! Fortunately, I am in an area that is busy and homes are moving and of course I want to utilize my trade for success. When I have spoken to my boss about lack of work, knowing its out there, and about the decreased fees I basically get told to be thankful for what I have. This is nuts! Is this wrong of me to want to move on and better myself and not be controlled? I don't know what I was thiniking when I signed this thing. I was a trainee and it wasn't easy getting a sponsor, but just plain stupid I guess for signing this thing. :new_smile-l: - Any suggestions?