A business associate is strongly encouraging me to take the necessary courses to become a licensed real estate appraiser.( A group of associates actually. )One of these associates owns and operates an auction and liquidation house and auctions off enough single family properties to keep me in a full time position doing his appraisals he claims. The others are groups of investors, mortgage brokers and real estate agents who order a substantial amount of appraisals as well. My question is this: If I go through the necessary training required in my state what are the odds of my finding someone willing to take me on as a trainee and show me the ropes until I complete the 2000 hrs of " experience" required? How capable will I be of writing these deals fresh out of training? Do not want to sign a no compete clause either as I intent to bring my own clients. How ethical would it be to ask someone to be a "silent mentor" for a cut of these deals? Any feedback from those who know would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!