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Doug

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Do alot of appraisers have their own website? If so have you gotten new business from the site? Is it worth the time/cost?
 

Doug

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This is not a sales pitch. I am trying to decide if my one man shop needs a web site? Any feed back would be helpful.
 

BigBlueGA

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We have a website but it's for real estate also. The good news is that if you DO put up a website and link it from a decent appraiser's list site like appraisers.com, you see some business come out of it. However, the bad news is that a good percentage of the business we get off of our's is deadbeat lenders.
 

Jeff Horton

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I would say a lot of that depends on the market are you are in. I am in North Alabama and we are a mostly rural area. I have a website but I can not say that I have gotten any buisness off of it. I may have and just not know it though. If your in a more urban market I would think that the chances are better of getting work.

If you have to pay to get a site done then it might not be worth it. If your computer savy and have some artistic abilities and can do your own site it's pretty cheap that way. I am about to add several things to mine. Like PDF copies of my license, sample appraisals, rate sheets and resume. Then when a new lender calls I will refer them to my web site for what they need.

I will add that your better off to have someone do your site than make it yourself if you don't have any talent in that area. A bad web site is worse than no web site in my opinion!!
 

David S. Roberson

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Tennessee
Check the top of this site for links to free web site designs, and very reasonable hosting fees. It's where I got mine, and I am satisfied. I don't really think I've gotten any business from it, it's mainly just an ego stroke. But if I get ONE appraisal a year from it, it more than pays for itself.
 

Doug

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It sounds like the Free web design may be the way to go. I saw an HTML for dummies book that may be helpful. Thanks for the input!
 

Rick Neighbors

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Jan 19, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Texas
Doug,
I have a website that I got through my Platinum Version of Athena/Alamode. I think that eventually everyone will have to have one just to keep up. A few jobs a year will make it worth while. You will probably need to purchase a program like Microsoft Frontpage to get it set up properly. (Another learning curve! ) My biggest gripe is all the "techno-phobics" that I run into at the lending institutions. I tell some of them that I have a site for their convenience, but they still prefer to fax the requests to me. Oh well, just as long as I keep getting the requests! Some of these lenders don't even have color printers to print out the appraisals, not to mention legal size paper. Good luck!!
 
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