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She's Interviewing Appraisers

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Charlotte Dixon

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A lady called yesterday and said she was "interviewing appraisers" because she had a property she needed appraised, and with that, she started firing off questions:

1) Just what do you do?
2) How much do you charge?
3) Why do you charge all of that money since the lot size has been surveyed, the deed was recorded and those things haven't changed?
4) In other words, what you do is basically collect all that information that's already been determined and put it all on paper and staple it, right?
5) Well, that multi list data you speak of is so easy to get, isn't it? I mean, all you have to do is call up a Realtor, don't you?
6) I see, so you just kind of look at those houses that sold and come up with a number, don't you? And is that number the same as what the Realtor would come up with?
7) It's not? Then how do I know you have the right number?

Then she said "O.K., you passed my interview. I guess I'll let you do an appraisal for me. Sounds like you people have it made" :D

ME: :blink: Sorry, we're 6 weeks backed up :angry:
 

George Hatch

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It's guaranteed that whomever is dumb enough to take the 'job offer' is going to find this client to be high maintenance! It is apparent this individual has absolutely no respect for what we do and will begrudge the lucky winner every dime of the fee, unless of course they hit her number.


George Hatch
 

Wally Jones

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"Ma'am, I'll just mail you this form and on page two near the bottom just fill in the number you think is fair and I'll do the rest."

"Also, attach a signed check with the amount left blank and I'll fill in the number I think is fair."


Relax, Charlotte, it's time to start coloring those Easter eggs!
 

Charlotte Dixon

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Originally posted by Wally Jones@Apr 18 2003, 03:09 PM
Relax, Charlotte, it's time to start coloring those Easter eggs!
But Wally, my husband already took all the good ones and used up all the purple and pink dye. Mine are all cracked! :huh: The problems go on and on :(
 

Jeff Horton

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Alabama
If her attitude was as I read in your post I think I would not have finished that interview. I have never done this but I think I would have to tell her that I don't think I could work for her.

Well I take that back, I did do that once. After the inspection was complete. I told them I couldn't work for them and just ate my time up to that point. One of the smartest moves I ever made I do believe.
 

Caterina Platt

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New Mexico
GREAT comeback, Charlotte and Wally! :rofl:

Sometimes it just feels so darned good to say 'No thanks!'
 

Wally Jones

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But, Charlotte......the cracked ones are the best! You can dye them in multiple colors and be the envy of the family when you present your "mosaic" eggs!

Now, no more thinking about no 'praisal stuff until Monday!

...........here comes Peter Cottontail............hoppin' down the bunny trail..........
 
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