Last week, I wrote about how difficult it is to schedule an appraisal in Portland, Oregon right now. The backlog has resulted in recent appraisal fee increases. Subsequently, more people have been contacting me seeking someone willing to train them and pass the largest hurdle of becoming a Certified Residential Appraiser – the two-year apprenticeship. If you’re an appraiser looking to find an assistant, please contact me, I will connect you with some good candidates.
I cannot hire everyone that contacts me. So, what advice do I give to someone looking to find a supervising appraiser? I generally tell them to seek out and attend local appraiser functions and organizations. In Portland, the local NAIFA meets monthly for lunch and a guest speaker. (Click here for more information about the chapter luncheons.) The Appraisal Institute (AI) also has local events, but the mixes are not as regular as with the NAIFA. However, the meetings in both organizations are welcoming to guests and are a great way to meet appraisers, particularly the ones who might be able to hire or otherwise help you.
When you are looking to find an appraiser to train you, they are much more likely to hire you if they feel like they know you. This takes shaking hands, sending out resumes, and phone calls. It is said in sales that it takes seven touches or interactions to make a sale, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t get a job right away. Here is a plan to use on every appraiser that you think might be able to train you or get you into contact with someone who can.
The more appraisers that you can interact with, the better your chances are at finding a job. When you’re interacting with appraisers, you never know when someone will ask for your resume and cover letter. Here is a listing of some things that I look for in an appraiser assistant.
For additional information, here is a link to another article that I wrote about How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser. Did I leave anything out or do you want to join in the conversation? Let me know in the comments below.
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Gary F. Kristensen, SRA, IFA, AGA