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WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I PASSED!!

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Jeff Horton

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Jan 15, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Alabama
It has been a long battle and is way over due but today (Friday) I took and passed my State Appraisers Board Exam. I am now finally a Licensed Appraiser!!

WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

I applied for State Registered Appraiser about 3 years ago? (This license has now been eliminated) My application was turned down by the board. I sent a letter of appeal but it got lost and I should have fought them but I didn't have the heart to at to at the time. I just let it go and worked toward getting my Certification.

To get my Certification we are required to have 2,000 hours of appraisal experience. As I was getting very close to having 2,000 hours the the Appraisal Board changed the rules. They went from an hour system to a point system which I feel is more fair. I get a set number of points for each type of appraisal. This was set up so that the required points would be equivalent to roughly 2,000 hours of Appraisal experience.

Of course there was a hitch! Trainees now only get half the points for every appraisal we do. The Supervisors get the other half which in effect doubled the experience we have to have. Of course I fell just short of the required 2000 hours as the rule went into effect. After another year of work I finally got the required points and applied once again.

Once again I was turned down. This time I decided to fight them and hired a lawyer. To keep this short it took over a year and half to get a reconsideration hearing scheduled. Once I did I sent them 3 sample appraisals as requested a few weeks before the hearing. I drove 2.5 hours to get to the hearing. I was asked 3 questions and I had a couple of questions for the Board. Within 10 minutes I was out the door.

Two weeks latter I received word that I had been approved to sit for the State Exam. Today ended this long saga and I am so glad to have it behind me. Of course I have to wait to receive my paper work from the State but I am finally made it!!

As a side note I went into the test confident, not cocky, that I was well prepared. Somewhere between question #4 and #7 I was very concerned that I was not going to pass! :oops: Unlike most tests I have taken this one got easier toward the end! But I was sweating bullets for a while there! :lol:

Jeff
 
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Jeff,

Congratulations on passing the exam! It sounds like you have worked your %&# off!

Happy Appraising!

Matt Johnson
AppraiserDepot.com
 

Will Granger

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Jan 15, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
North Carolina
:D
Jolly good show! Continue to have faith in yourself!!
 

wade3333

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Joined
Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Licensed Appraiser
State
Georgia
Jeff, congratulations, you appreciate it a lot more when you really have to work for it as you did doesn't it. I went on my own about 5 years ago and 100% is twice as good as 50%. There is some expense involved but advantages too. You can now turn down an appraisal that you do not want to do. It's a good feeling to work for yourself. Congratulations Wade
 

Wally Jones

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Jan 23, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Florida
Congratulations Jeff!

I'm supposed to take mine within two weeks. Hope I have the same result you did!

Best of luck for the future.

Wally
 

Dee Dee

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Jan 16, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Colorado
Congratulations!
Sure does feel good to get that behind you, doesn't it?!! :lol:
I trained for two years under the same mentor, and by the time I decided I needed to move on I had accumulated nearly 1000 hours more than I needed to be certified. Didn't even bother with the Licensed Appraiser title, it wouldn't have made any difference for me anyway. So I gave my boss two weeks notice, studied for the exam, passed it the first time (I remember the sweating bullets part), then took two months off to recover
from working so hard for the prior two years, then started my own biz.
AND I LOVE IT!
Best of luck to you!

Dee Dee
 

jtrotta

Senior Member
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Jan 16, 2002
Congradulations :D :D :D Now that you've worked so hard to get it, I hope you appreciate all it took to get it and remember that, for as long as you practice appraising. Take pride in your work, as everyone will be watching and you can build a good business if you do.

Here's wishing you a happy & prosperous New Year 8)
 

Mountain Man

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Joined
Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
State
Georgia
:D :D :D :D 8O Now go get 'em! :twisted:
Mell
 

Doug Ellwood

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Jan 15, 2002
Congratulations Jeff, I have to finish my demonstration report inorder to get my designation as a CRA, in Canada we take the education put in same 2000 hours and write a 60-100 page residential report. Its a great achievement. Good job.
 

Kevin Darland

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Joined
Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Kentucky
Congrats!!! I still remember the relief of hearing those words "YOU PASSED"---all the hours studying and re-studying to make sure you had everything covered.... :D
 
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