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Trainee Wannabe / Looking for Tips

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causeybill

Freshman Member
Joined
Feb 21, 2008
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Appraiser Trainee
State
Texas
Could anyone give me some advise as to how to go about getting a sponsor. I have sent out over 100 resumes with little to no responce.
I have posted on the Forums Jobs Wanted Board, also with little to no responce. Does anyone have any Tips for me? I am in the Houston Texas area.

Thanks for any advice.

Bill Causey
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713-398-6648
 

laurielutton

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Apr 8, 2008
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Licensed Appraiser
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California
Go to the OREA web site and seach all the AR appraisers in your area. Call them all and ask if they offer Supervision. If not, consider bar tending school. I very recently upgraded from AT to AL and it was VERY difficult to find a supervisor. With the market the way that it is, I would imagine that to be even more difficult.
You could also contact the AMC's as they usually know of some supervisors ( that is how I found my last one ).
Good luck!
 

causeybill

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Feb 21, 2008
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Appraiser Trainee
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Texas
AMC? sorry for my ignorance. How long did it take you to upgrade?

Bill
 

laurielutton

Sophomore Member
Joined
Apr 8, 2008
Professional Status
Licensed Appraiser
State
California
AMC/Appraisal Management Company. They have lots of work but will take half your money and will "micro-manage" you. You could do a google search to see if there are any in your area. Fun!
It took me about 2 years to upgrade from AT to AL, and that was at some pretty slow times but not as slow as now.
 

TEL2002

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Joined
Jan 16, 2002
Professional Status
Retired Appraiser
State
Louisiana
Attempt to meet these 100 appraisers face to face. Sell your self, your education, your enthusiasm, your work ethic, and your motivation to them.

Or, maybe the appraisal times in your area are tough and you should consider doing something else.
 

Thern Newbell

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Joined
Apr 25, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Tennessee
I would recommend pursuing a certified General appraiser (assuming that you have a 4 year college degree) due to the transition going on right now in the residential business. A lot of recently licensed residential appraisers have difficulty getting decent quality work because of the restrictions that some potential clients have with regard to eligibility for appraisal panel placement (five year licensure minimum). With the downturn in volume of buiness over the last two years, even established appraisers have difficulty getting work or replacing clients who have gone under due to the foreclosure mess.

As far as shotgunning your resume out to every licensed appraiser in your area, I don't think it is effective unless you have something that really stands out on your resume (ie MBA, practical work experience, etc). I would not take it personally when you don't get any responses as many appraisers are not necessarily looking to hire trainees. One approach that has been suggested on this forum is to try to get some face time with some of these guys. Invite them to lunch, or call to see if you could schedule a time with them to ask them about the industry, how they started, suggestions for a newby who wants to pursue a career in the industry, and etc.
 

Chillplayer

Freshman Member
Joined
May 17, 2008
Professional Status
Appraiser Trainee
State
South Carolina
Hey Bill, appraisal business is tough to break in to..When I decided that I wanted to be an appraiser I know finding a mentor would be tough.So I got a job with my local assessor's office. That way you get a salary and benefits and tons of mentors. The only things is there are regulations on how many points you can acquire via mass appraisals, cause those accumulate quickly in the assessors office, your remaining points you have to do actually appraisals for, but you can do those for the assessors office. Its an avenue to consider..

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Blueprint

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 25, 2005
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Oregon
Look into the commercial side if you are serious about being an appraiser. It is really tough times right now to consider the residential aspect of appraising. Best of luck.
 

Thern Newbell

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 25, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Tennessee
Keep us posted, if you have any success. There's a lot of surly guys who post on this website, but there are also many of us who like to hear some success stories, or something positive once in a while. Good luck with your search.
 

casurf2020

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Mar 29, 2007
Professional Status
Licensed Appraiser
State
Arizona
Be very good at marketing and bringing in business. Tell them that you will bring in all of your own business for you to use to train with. Someone may hire you, if they know that you will market and bring the company in new money, especially right now.
 
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