What are my qualifications as a real estate appraiser?
I know how important it is to find out who is giving you advice. There are plenty of people that will let you know what they think or what they have experienced, but they may not have any real world experience to back it up.
Here's the condensed version of my story. I applied for an office job, while living in Salem, MA in 2001. I didn't really understand what kind of work they did, but they happened to be a part of a very large appraisal company. I did all the office type things you can think of until one of the head appraisers asked if I would like to learn the business. That was an awesome start and in a short amount of time I got my first license. I appraised homes in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island before moving back to the Midwest. I worked for the same company and appraised homes all over Indiana for several years. In 2008, I opened my own business and began appraising for myself. I moved to the St. Louis area in 2016 and continued the same work.
I have been in the residential appraisal business now for more than 15 years. I have appraised thousands of homes and have been inside 3,500 plus houses in four different states. I have spoken to hundreds of realtors, builders, contractors, rehab specialist, investors, first time buyers, new home builders, landlords, renters, mortgage brokers, and thousands of homeowners. I have had many calls from family and friends about what to do in their appraisal process, or how to navigate the inspection, or how to get the best value, or if they should purchase and improve a home.
I am simply giving to you this information that I've shared with them over the years. Hopefully it's exactly what you need.