A lot of my friends have been bugging me laTely, about writing an article that lets people know how great it is to be an appraiser. Knowing me they know I love to write blogs, and since I am an appraiser, they are surprised I do not write a whole lot about it. Not even sure why it never dawned on my before, I'm going to start. The industry is changing as a result of the turmoil in the housing market.
The powers that are being ratcheting up requirements. In every state, not just a single state. They are trying to standardize licensing, testing, etc. Any time an industry goes through such a radical change there is a big turn over in the professional population, and this is no different. There is a percentage of people out there who just feel that they past the time to keep up on the higher educational requirements – and chose to retire. There is already a pending crisis shortage of commercial appraisers, and residential appraisers will soon follow.
The timing couldnt be better – if you are looking for your first career, or changing careers. Or even if you would consider changing careers because you need flexibility.
The problem is, when you come across a legitimate offer out there, that can change your life, you're so used to hearing all the "static" from work at home jobs that you dont believe it. Yes it sounds too good to be true that you can be your own boss and make $ 100,000 a year.
The catch is that its real, so it takes some REAL work. Another catch is that its better you've already invested in your formal education up to the point you have some college degree of some sort. You need to take some evaluation specific classes, but having gone through the process – its definitely worth the effort. The most important thing is – the pay off is way out of proportion to the costs.
I got lucky, and had a friend in the business that walked me through the process. If I didnt have that, I might not be an appraiser now.
I did search the internet at the time but didnt really find much about how to get into the industry. But now there is a place that does just that: Helps you get into the industry, tells you how to find a job, what classes to take, etc.
Its ResidentialAppraiser.biz so if you're thinking about it, you should visit them – the requirements go up in January 2008!