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What Does It Take?

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keith graham

Freshman Member
Nov 7, 2002
What do appraisers look for in an assistant ? With the current market situation in central Florida {Good} why is it so difficult to find a mentor ?
Jan 16, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
See article "Mentoring Tomorrow's Appraisers" at www.NAIFA.com in the January E-Gram


Outlines challenges facing mentors and how to neutralize those challenges. Written from the point of view of the mentor, the article also sheds light on the problem of finding a mentor and overcoming the common objections of taking on trainees.

The most urgent step to take when setting out to find a mentor is to take an inward glance of your attitude. To find a mentor, you must really want to find a mentor; you must be committed to the search and you must be committed to working with someone. Persons who gravitate toward appraising are mostly independent thinkers and doers, not generally cut from the cloth of those who want to work for others or want to take supervision from others. The most common and effective way to examine your attitude and prepare yourself to find a mentor is to visualize and picture yourself working with a mentor. Before applying the time tested nuts and bolts of the job of finding a mentor, apply some vision.... If you trully want to find a mentor, there is someone out there who is willing to step into that position....


I believe life
is a series of near misses.
A lot of what we ascribe to luck
is not luck at all.
It's seizing the day
and accepting responsibility
for your future.
It's seeing what other people don't see
and pursuing that vision.

- Howard Schultz

Mike Garrett RAA

Elite Member
Gold Supporting Member
Jan 14, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
Lets see, long blonde hair, nice teef, ahhhh, ohhh wait, already been there! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


Elite Member
Jan 22, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
Mike, I agree absolutely.

The ability of such an assistant to generate business is invaluable. If she's good, marry her. It's cheaper that way. :D
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