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How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser

BY: Career Advice | Category: Careers | Submitted: 2010-11-21 13:22:48
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Article Summary: "A real estate appraiser is a person who needs to do regular appraisals to decide on the value of a property. Learn how to become a part of this profession, from this article..."


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A real estate appraiser is the person who will fix the value of a real estate. There are some simple methods that you can follow to become a appraiser, if you would like to become one. There are many people who think that it is a simple job that can be done with great ease. It may be true to an extent because of the fact that you do not need to work very hard, but at the same time, you should remember that the real estate appraiser job is not a bed of roses either. You need to travel and do some work with your mind to fix values for properties.
There are various steps that one has to follow to become a person who is involved in the appraising of land and buildings. They are as follows.

1. Licensing board:

The person who is an appraiser is one who is appointed by the state where the person is functioning. Each of the states may have a different method of deciding the qualification criteria. So, you have to learn if you fit into the qualification criteria. Once you realize that you do fit the bill, then you can apply for a license as a trainee. You may not be able to get a full license immediately as an appraiser. You may also need to attend some specialized courses to get the license. So, make sure that you know all about the details before you become a appraiser.

2. Tests:

There are some states that may need the person who is to become a real estate appraiser to pass some kind of test before the person is given a license. This too may vary from one place to another. The various parts of the test needs to be understood and you can get details from the licensing board or those who have gone through the test for you to get a clearer idea about the test.

3. Find a guide:

Even after you have been able to get the license and pass the test, you may find it difficult to function as an appraiser all by yourself because of the fact that you may not have the required experience. If you jump into the field without any experience, then you may have some kind of failure. To prevent this, you may need to work under a mentor who is able to guide you in the profession. The best thing for you to do would be to get the position as a trainee in the office of any good appraiser in the city. This will help you to get the hands on experience that is very much needed for this profession. This will also help you to learn a lot more about the profession than you did as a person who was a trainee.

4. Get a job:

Once you have completed the training, you are ready to go at it. You will be able to set up an independent practice if you think that you have the right contacts and you will be able to survive on your own. If you think that you have to get attached to some company to work as a real estate appraiser, then the best place would be some bank that gives out loans and needs an appraiser to appraise the real estate before the loans are given.

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