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Zaio Photographer comes through Neighborhood

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aaron lambert

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I saw a strange looking fellow riding his bicycle through my neighborhood taking pictures. I was on the way to my children's school the first time I saw him and thought, that can't be an appraiser on a bicycle, what the heck is he doing...I was running late so I kept going. When I came back, there he was again, stopping in front of all the houses taking pics. I asked him what he was doing, he grimaced as if this was the 1 millionth time he has tried to defend what he is doing. He explained he was a freelance photographer hired buy a national appraisal firm to take photos of the area. I asked him if it was Zaio....his eyes lit up like he had found a long, lost friend. He said I was the only one of thousands who had heard of Zaio. I started asking him some questions, but he really had no idea about the company, or who the zone owner is. He did say he took 600 pics on Sat. and 700 pics on Sun.

Anyway, I got a kick out of it.
 

Workbox

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Thats just great, I hope the banks and regulators are ready this. Is this what they want for someone who is a picture takers on a fly-by bike, and scrubing (data mining for comments) off MLS, and maybe being done overseas.
 

MattLeck

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That's funny, i'll bet he was happy to run into someone who was understanding. I've done a lot of research on that company and highly considered working for it. I just graduated Florida State University with degree's in Real Estate and Finance and thought about working for them for the first 2 years to get my trainee experience. Do you think they would provide a good training program? Or do you happen to know any good companies that are currently looking for a hard working trainee appraiser?
 

Charles Witt

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Well, you could get a real job just taking pictures! Oh, did you mention experience? :rof: :rof:
 

Jordan Scott

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How do they match the address of the house with the picture?
 

Hola27

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That's funny, i'll bet he was happy to run into someone who was understanding. I've done a lot of research on that company and highly considered working for it. I just graduated Florida State University with degree's in Real Estate and Finance and thought about working for them for the first 2 years to get my trainee experience. Do you think they would provide a good training program? Or do you happen to know any good companies that are currently looking for a hard working trainee appraiser?


Its a tough business........lenders are picky. I know I cannot afford to train an apprentice. Look into becoming a realtor or Real Estate Law.:new_all_coholic:
 

Terrel L. Shields

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thought about working for them for the first 2 years to get my trainee experience
i doubt if taking pix will hack it as "experience"...my board would just laugh at you. Try the assessor or a mass appraisal firm if you cannot find experience anywhere else.
 

JT1974

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That's funny, i'll bet he was happy to run into someone who was understanding. I've done a lot of research on that company and highly considered working for it. I just graduated Florida State University with degree's in Real Estate and Finance and thought about working for them for the first 2 years to get my trainee experience. Do you think they would provide a good training program? Or do you happen to know any good companies that are currently looking for a hard working trainee appraiser?

Matt,

If you've got a degree in Real Estate and Finance I would apply at commercial appraisal firms such as CBRE, Integra, Cushman Wakefield, etc. If you are smart, motivated and willing to relocate and travel you will probably get hired by one of the national firms and you will have the potential to do quite well. The residential market is in the toilet right now so your prospects are quite grim there. However, considering your educational background, I would think you have a good shot at getting in with a reputable national firm on the commercial end.

Good luck.
 

Lee in L.A.

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I asked him what he was doing, he grimaced as if this was the 1 millionth time he has tried to defend what he is doing. He explained he was a freelance photographer hired buy a national appraisal firm to take photos of the area. I asked him if it was Zaio....his eyes lit up like he had found a long, lost friend.

He probably gets a lot of flack. And that was the first time in a million someone guessed right what he was doing. :leeann2:
 

William Little

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Thirteen hundred pictures in two days on a bicycle, my goodness. There is a guy that wants to work. More power to him.
I hope he has a very good process for matching the photos to the addresses, or an unreal memory.
 
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