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angelstar in Canyon Country, California

125 months ago

I am a trainee having a hard time getting hours. Appraisers that I have worked for say, a trainee can not sign on the left side of an appraisal report after completing an appraisal and that they can only be mentioned in the addendum for assisting.
The supervisor appraiser has to sign on the left side, which means that they are confirming that they have phyically inspected the property. In order for a trainee to get hours for doing a appraisal does a supervisor appraiser and a trainee both have to inspect the property? Does anyone have any suggestions on how a trainee who has about 1000 hours get hours?

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John in Atlanta, Georgia

125 months ago

It really depends on the state that you are appraising in. In Georgia the mentor has to inspect the first 20 appraisals with you and after that you are on your own. Also if you have already got you 1000 hours you might be able to make up the rest using your own home, family members homes, friends homes etc. These types of appraisals can not be more than 1/2 or 1/3 of the total hours of your training period. I am not sure if it is 1/2 or 1/3 you will have to check. Also there is a couple of websites that might be helpful to you. Appraisersforum.com Georgiaappraiser.com and appraiserjobs.com. It is going to be very hard in this industry for the next year or so but if you can hang in there.

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*N* in Santa Maria, California

123 months ago

Gosh, unless things have changed in the past two years...you are allowed to sign the appraisal report on the left. The supervising appraiser signs on the right. Their is a box he can check to state that he also physically inspected it.

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George in Atlanta, Georgia

118 months ago

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to search for an appraiser trainee position? I've been to the websites mentioned in this thread but haven't been able to fine anyone that is hiring.
thanks

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ja.holstein in Los Angeles, California

113 months ago

My big question is also how does a trainee get hours? I have been searching and searching and have had no luck with obtaining a mentor.

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tony in Fishers, Indiana

113 months ago

It's really difficult right now to find a mentor. When I stared 5 years ago I sent out 60 resumes with follow up calls and finally got one interview. Luckily that was enough to find a mentor. Keep in mind this was when the market was doing well and there was plenty of work to go around. With all the new regulations and appraisers competing with BPOs and AVMs, you will find it will be hard to find a mentor. I would recommend calling every appraiser you can find and sending out resumes. You may check on appraisersforum.com. there is usually good information there.

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Cyndy in Fullerton, California

109 months ago

Appraisers and Appraiser Assistants Trainees Positions Available in Orange County, CA

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Mike_2000 in North Hills, California

108 months ago

Cyndy in Fullerton, California said: Appraisers and Appraiser Assistants Trainees Positions Available in Orange County, CA

Hi Cyndy,

If you are considering a intership for appraiser trainee, please let me know, I would need more experience in completing the appraisal reports using Win total, thanks and look forward to hear from you.

Regards

Mike

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RH in Fallbrook, California

107 months ago

Check with your County Assessor's Office to see if they have trainee positions available.

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shawn in Modesto, California

106 months ago

angelstar in Canyon Country, California said: I am a trainee having a hard time getting hours. Appraisers that I have worked for say, a trainee can not sign on the left side of an appraisal report after completing an appraisal and that they can only be mentioned in the addendum for assisting.
The supervisor appraiser has to sign on the left side, which means that they are confirming that they have phyically inspected the property. In order for a trainee to get hours for doing a appraisal does a supervisor appraiser and a trainee both have to inspect the property? Does anyone have any suggestions on how a trainee who has about 1000 hours get hours?

did you find anyone to help you out inregards to your TRAINEE HOURS??

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angelstar3@*****.*** in Canyon Country, California

106 months ago

shawn in Modesto, California said: did you find anyone to help you out inregards to your TRAINEE HOURS??

No I did not find an appraiser to work for to finish up my hours. I have to renew my license by Dec. 2010 and take continuing education. I'm not so sure that I should waste the money, if I can't get anyone to help me get my hours.
Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks,
Yvonne

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Julie F in Van Nuys, California

99 months ago

I am wondering if it is still worth it as a part time job to become an appraiser? I would do it as a second job for additional income. Is it really hard to find a mentor?
let me know.

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Dan in Tupelo, Mississippi

94 months ago

Julie F in Van Nuys, California said: I am wondering if it is still worth it as a part time job to become an appraiser? I would do it as a second job for additional income. Is it really hard to find a mentor?
let me know.

It is definitely not a part time job. If you ever find a mentor then it will take ALL of your time to learn this profession. After you have about 1,500 appraisals under your belt, then maybe you could do it part time but I highly doubt it. This is a profession, not a part time job. Alas, within the next 5 years to become certified will require you to obtain a bachelors degree. That on top of the 2,000 training hours, a ton of appraisal courses to become certified and tons of expenses including E&O, MLS membership, Software expenses etc..I could go on and on. With that said, does this sound like a part time job to you? I am in my fifth year as an appraiser and I can tell you honestly, to suceed in this field is a long uphill climb and takes a very long time to become truly competent.

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Julie F in North Hollywood, California

94 months ago

Thanks for your input. I actually have my masters degree. I realize it takes a lot of time and effore, I was considering it as a side job which would grow into something else.

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M Windom, Ga

94 months ago

I am looking for an opportunity to work as an realtor's appraisal trainee in Georgia to obtain training hours. My preference would be in the Southwest region of Ga, but willing to travel where is available.
M Windom

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dd in Rialto, California

93 months ago

Heidi D in Burbank, California said: I am having a very difficult time finding someone to help with mentoring. I found someone and she just said she did not have enough work to consider taking on a trainee. Maybe the state regulators might want to reconsider or add some ways to help us?

Im on the same boat. Im now going renew my trainee license for second time and I still need more than 1100 hrs. Its hard to find a mentor not to mention they wont pay with money only with hrs.

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jeffbeal in Bronx, New York

93 months ago

where you located?

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dd in Desert Hot Springs, California

93 months ago

jeffbeal in Bronx, New York said: where you located?

In souhtern california, in thr inland empire area.

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dd in Desert Hot Springs, California

93 months ago

jeffbeal in Bronx, New York said: where you located?

In souhtern california, in thr inland empire area.

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gbar1 in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

93 months ago

I am in Southern MA and looking into classes for appraisal, but after reading all this I am not sure. I have always wanted to be an Appraiser, but I worry about finding a Mentor to take me on AND get 2000 hours in 2 years. If anyone in MA would like to entertain an assistant, please let me know and I will be in the first class I can find in all of MA. I have my BS and I am currently a Ma Real estate agent. Thank you--b

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Dan

93 months ago

After a career in military aviation and recently moving to the Tri-Cities area of TN I am considering this avenue. I appreciate being able to read the stories and Q&A here. Any one here in TN? I will need to find a Supervisor to work with.

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Tom in Louisville, Kentucky

91 months ago

Im very close to finishing my courses so i can become a trainee in the Louisville area please email me if you know of anyone who is taking trainees

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sharon in Houston, Texas

87 months ago

I too am having difficulty in locating a mentor to take me on as a trainee. I have sent out my resume and have spoken to several appraisers but they all say the do not have the time to show me what to do or the process because it is too time consuming. How does one get the hours if you can't get a mentor? What do I do and is there another avenue I can try to find someone who is willing to help me get my hours?

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Tony in Worcester, Massachusetts

87 months ago

I understand that we need experience to do the job. But, in this case, the trainee required 2000 hours to take full license, it's fair if the board required that every appraisers need to take one trainee every year (2 years)to renew their license. Or, another way for trainee to get a license as well.

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Gregg

86 months ago

angelstar in Canyon Country, California said: I am a trainee having a hard time getting hours. Appraisers that I have worked for say, a trainee can not sign on the left side of an appraisal report after completing an appraisal and that they can only be mentioned in the addendum for assisting.
The supervisor appraiser has to sign on the left side, which means that they are confirming that they have phyically inspected the property. In order for a trainee to get hours for doing a appraisal does a supervisor appraiser and a trainee both have to inspect the property? Does anyone have any suggestions on how a trainee who has about 1000 hours get hours?

check with assessors and your state department of revenue.

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Mike in South Pasadena, California

85 months ago

Dan in Tupelo, Mississippi said: It is definitely not a part time job. If you ever find a mentor then it will take ALL of your time to learn this profession. After you have about 1,500 appraisals under your belt, then maybe you could do it part time but I highly doubt it. This is a profession, not a part time job. Alas, within the next 5 years to become certified will require you to obtain a bachelors degree. That on top of the 2,000 training hours, a ton of appraisal courses to become certified and tons of expenses including E&O, MLS membership, Software expenses etc..I could go on and on. With that said, does this sound like a part time job to you? I am in my fifth year as an appraiser and I can tell you honestly, to suceed in this field is a long uphill climb and takes a very long time to become truly competent.

I am a Realtor with MBA, just finished Appraiser's school in California. I am Preparing for the state exam. When is the training hours required, before of after passing the state exam? Being a Realtor, I alredy have E&O and MLS membership. What do you think working as a Realtor and Appraiser at the same time.

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Mike_2000 in North Hills, California

85 months ago

Hi,

I would not like to discourage the new starter or whoever plans to start this real estate appraisal as a new career. When appraisers signed up with the appraisal management companies or lenders, they want you to sign a no trainee contract. Of course how can you mention that you have a trainee helping you in the appraisal report and how can you get credit? so this is a big problem. It is very true that you will spend tons of money and maybe finally waste time and money. Please read some trainees who already had 1000 hours credit and could not get further credit and etc....
Please reconsider very carefully before proceed your dream, good luck!

Mike

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gaylebar1 in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

85 months ago

Hi, Let me just tell you that I am doing it. I try to do Real Estate too, but there is no real time left to do it well. As a trainee, I work about 12 hrs a day, and the weekends are when I drive around taking original comp. photos for the reports and play catch up work. This too was my "dream" and perhaps back then it was a great job, but now it sucks! I am doing it because I started, and hope that it will be better on my own, but the fact is that it most likely won't be better until the Management Companies relax or go out of business. They make the job so miserable. You send off a report off(which I get no time credit for because I can't sign or put anywhere on the report that I worked on it, so the state won't count that towards my license.), and minutes to days later you get it back with corrections.... mostly because they don't read the report. So then you put down what your doing to "fix" or copy and paste the original comment they never read and put it right out in the open so they can find it. They pay CRAP and want it done in 48 hours with original comp photos. The office does them because they are the "bread and butter" when appraising slows. So I keep thinking in 18 months when this is over I will not work for them. Hopefully I can figure it out. I would like to find a Commercial Appraiser to work for after I get my residential license... but those are far and few between around here. So just understand that no, you most likely won't be able to do both, and yes the job truly has taken a turn (again)... just hoping it turns for the better sooner than later. As to the college degree.... I personally think they are trying to kill the appraisal business... because who is going to go to school for 4 years, just to make $10/hour for 2 more years while paying a ton of money for classes and programs, and not be able to sign or get credit for management companies... which currently is 50% of the business in our office

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T in Waukegan, Illinois

84 months ago

I am looking for trainee hours in Illinois. I have experience working with an appraiser before I decided to pursue the Appraisal education. The appraiser I was helping out is no longer available and her contacts were not looking to mentor someone. I am well educated with multiple degrees. I would appreciate any suggestions as to how to get the hours I need to be certified.

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massey_msnba@*****.*** in Los Angeles, California

82 months ago

Wow, this is certainly discouraging.....I am a realtor in Los Angeles, Hollywood areas. I was thinking of taking some appraisal classes and go for a license.

Any recommendations on Appraisal schools here in L.A? Also, do they not place
us for apprenticeship positions for us to get our hours so we can be licensed.

Anyone, please make recommendations to where I should go?

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CO from EI in Inland Empire, California

82 months ago

massey_msnba@yahoo.com in Los Angeles, California said: Wow, this is certainly discouraging.....I am a realtor in Los Angeles, Hollywood areas. I was thinking of taking some appraisal classes and go for a license.

Any recommendations on Appraisal schools here in L.A? Also, do they not place
us for apprenticeship positions for us to get our hours so we can be licensed.

Anyone, please make recommendations to where I should go?

I went retrainers.com for my hrs and i did pass the test the first time. I have renewed my license three times and I am still a trainee. I quit doing appraisals now, it was hard to find a mentor and if you find one they will ask you to work for free in exchange for the hrs. I hope you will get better chances. Good luck!!!

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greg.davis75@*****.*** in Lake Orion, Michigan

81 months ago

I am considering scools for my Limited License classes. Does anyone have knowledge of the following schools?
Van Ed
Appraisers Institute
Kaplan

And yes, I am aware that taking online classes means the tests are timed and you go through the material twice.

What's the best way to go about obtaining sponsorship/mentor? When I'm doing the 2000 hrs required by my state, do I receive compensation?

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Tonia Jordan in Frackville, Pennsylvania

81 months ago

I took the courses for my trainee license with Van Ed. I was mostly pretty happy with them.

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greg.davis75@*****.*** in Lake Orion, Michigan

81 months ago

What's the best way to go about obtaining sponsorship/mentor? When I'm doing the 2000 hrs required by my state, do I receive compensation?

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djscrivner in Grovetown, Georgia

75 months ago

John in Atlanta, Georgia said: It really depends on the state that you are appraising in. In Georgia the mentor has to inspect the first 20 appraisals with you and after that you are on your own. Also if you have already got you 1000 hours you might be able to make up the rest using your own home, family members homes, friends homes etc. These types of appraisals can not be more than 1/2 or 1/3 of the total hours of your training period. I am not sure if it is 1/2 or 1/3 you will have to check. Also there is a couple of websites that might be helpful to you. Appraisersforum.com Georgiaappraiser.com and appraiserjobs.com. It is going to be very hard in this industry for the next year or so but if you can hang in there.

Do Kentucky general appraisal classes transfer from KY? I was still working under a supervisor before we moved to GA. I have not worked in the appraisal business since 2010.

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TDH in Walnut, California

71 months ago

I am currently from southern Cali, in the Diamond Bar area...would like to know if anyone need a trainee..I need a mentor. Thank you..

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medwards2 in Brea, California

67 months ago

I'm in OC, CA area looking for a mentor. I am a licensed AT, realtor, have my MBA....just would like to get working on my 2000 hours. Anyone know an appraiser that is hiring in my area? I would really appreciate any suggestions or feedback. Just a bit frustrated. Thanks everyone.

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evaninLBC in Long Beach, California

38 months ago

Hi Everyone. Very useful comments on this forum. I'm based in Southern California and have yet to meet an appraiser who will take on trainees. With years of appraisal experience and a genuine passion for the art, it is frustrating that so many industry professionals are unwilling to train future appraisers.

If anyone is looking for a hardworking individual to work under your supervision, then please let me know. Best of luck to everyone out there. Thank you.

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seaseeker1 in Gloucester, Massachusetts

30 months ago

Hi,
I'm about to take trainee classes in MA. Did you ever get credit for all of the hours you put in and did you ever get a supervisor to sign the report acknowledging you were the trainee? I worked as an appraisal asst for awhile but I couldn't get credit because the appraiser was working for the vendor companies so I didn't bother going for the trainee license but after doing a lot of asst. work I could do an entire appraisal myself excluding the physical visit to the house and that's what led me to signing up for a few courses. I've been in the real estate industry for 20 yrs and I thought this would be an easier job to transition to but now I still have my doubts if trainees can't get hours. Any feedback would be appreciated and has anything regarding this topic changed?

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Will in Lakewood, California

26 months ago

evaninLBC in Long Beach, California said: Hi Everyone. Very useful comments on this forum. I'm based in Southern California and have yet to meet an appraiser who will take on trainees. With years of appraisal experience and a genuine passion for the art , it is frustrating that so many industry professionals are unwilling to train future appraisers.

If anyone is looking for a hardworking individual to work under your supervision, then please let me know. Best of luck to everyone out there. Thank you.

Evan, were you ever able to find an Supervisory Appraiser?

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evaninLBC in Long Beach, California

26 months ago

Hi Will. No, I have not found a Supervisory Appraiser. I was an informal appraiser for a local real estate company for years (Wedgewood Enterprise Corp). Thanks, Evan

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seaseeker1 in Rye, New York

26 months ago

Will in Lakewood, California said: Evan, were you ever able to find an Supervisory Appraiser?

Hi Evan,
I just finished my required trainee education set by the state of MA and I called 5 appraisal companies - not one is looking for a trainee. Plus our appraisal teacher told us that the experience that the supervisor logs has to be substantial and not just looking up date from assessor websites, etc. It'll be interesting where this leads me. I've been an appraisal asst and in the mortgage industry dealing with appraisals for over 25 yrs. Good luck on your hunt.

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evaninLBC in Long Beach, California

26 months ago

Seaseeker1,

Best of luck on your hunt too. It is strange that appraisal companies are not interested in taking on new trainees.

Hopefully you land something!

Evan

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seaseeker1 in Rye, New York

26 months ago

Most appraisers around here are small companies, most one man operations. It's reasonable to say that they don't want their future competition.

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Laura in Tupelo, Mississippi

23 months ago

I just spoke to California BREA and they said that the Federal Appraisal organization is lobbying to allow schools to give you appraisal hours and lower the hours necessary for you license BUT you have to write letters to the organization.

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Laura in Tupelo, Mississippi

23 months ago

info@appraisalfoundation.org

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Laura in Tupelo, Mississippi

23 months ago

SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO: AQBcomments@appraisalfoundation.org

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Appraiser in Walnut in Walnut, California

21 months ago

TDH in Walnut, California said: I am currently from southern Cali, in the Diamond Bar area...would like to know if anyone need a trainee..I need a mentor. Thank you..

Did you ever find a mentor?

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LoftisJesse in Grand Rapids, Michigan

17 months ago

Hi,

I am looking for a mentor in the Grand Rapids or Lakeshore area in MICHIGAN. Please let me know if anyone is looking for a trainee.

Much appreciated!

Jesse

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David in Las Vegas, Nevada

17 months ago

Hi All. I'm actually considering a career change, and seriously considering real estate appraisal. I have all of the education I need (and then some) but what really keeps me hesitating is the same issue as everybody else; the experience requirement and the lack of a pathway to obtain the experience. What concerns me is that I'm transitioning from a very similar career (I have a Corp Finance background with 15 years of analytics experience, CPA and all of that). I am also mostly through a real estate sales license so I have a basic understanding of real estate concepts as well; and I still don't see how somebody can get into the profession. I've found a couple of "appraiser trainee" positions, but they still require a minimum 500 hours. Exactly how is somebody supposed to break into this field? I think I could be a great appraiser, but how can I ever show somebody that without an opportunity? Frustrating!

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