Real Estate Trainee in California--Impossible to get 2000 hours.

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latoure in Sunnyvale, California

120 months ago

Im investigating becoming a real estate appraiser. I have a bachelors degree and was thinking about taking the online general courses and then taking the state exam. They comes the part hwich I think is most rediculous. The 2000 hours.

This is a catch 22 (noone wants to talk abou this sad and embarrasing part). You are required to perform 2000 hrs under a qualified appraiser, so its up to you to go our and canvass the community for someone to take you under their wing and sign your logs for 1-2 years of work with them.

From extensive interviewing and research, I have found the the appraisal business is almost 100% "closed shop". They do now want or need new appraisers to enter the business. After all, who wants to train their own competition. right?

With that said, I have found that most appraisers are extrememly reluctant to train and are abrasive when you approach them about it.

I think that the rules should change to allow a trainee to complete their 2000 hours in other ways (through practicum courses-which do not exist,projects, or just lower the hours to maybe 500. What existing appraisers dont realize is that they are starving their own business, but as most Americans, they dont see the long-term picture. Too bad. So Sad.

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k1200bmws in Azusa, California

107 months ago

You are 100 percent correct. I have 1200 plus hours currently but am currently stalled. In order to continue to collect hours you have to work with/for an AMC (Appraisal Management Company) but no AMC will work with a trainee. It is a Catch 22 .

Good luck Thomas in Covina CA

k1200bmws@yahoo.com

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DD in Los Angeles, California

104 months ago

You are correct! I have been a trainee since 2007 and still have 700 hrs to go. Nobody wants to hire a trainee especially on this down real estate market. I am thinking about quiting.

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AppraiserNewbie in Richmond Hill, Ontario

4 months ago

You could consider approaching commercial real estate appraisal firms, as their work is bigger scale and might need extra hands to manage some of the legwork.

Another way is to look for assessor's job in your local government. I saw there were numerous job openings in the cities and counties department.

But most importantly, I think we need to understand what are the causes of the supervisor's hesitation, and how can we be an added value to their appraisal team.

Here are 10 tips on how to find a supervisory appraiser. Hope this would be helpful. appraisernewbies.com/find-supervisor

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AppraiserNewbie in Richmond Hill, Ontario

4 months ago

AppraiserNewbie in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: You could consider approaching commercial real estate appraisal firms, as their work is bigger scale and might need extra hands to manage some of the legwork.

Another way is to look for assessor's job in your local government. I saw there were numerous job openings in the cities and counties department.

But most importantly, I think we need to understand what are the causes of the supervisor's hesitation, and how can we be an added value to their appraisal team.

Here are 10 tips on how to find a supervisory appraiser. Hope this would be helpful. appraisernewbies.com/find-supervisor

Actually, here's the link:
appraisernewbies.com/find-supervisor

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