Have you seen the trailer for new Spike Jonze film Her yet? If not, watch it below and then finish reading.
Pretty creepy, eh? What is interesting to me is that this movie would have seemed as science fiction five years ago as Orwell’s 1984 was when it first came out. Anymore, it is not that far-fetched. We live in an ever-increasingly digital world. The front-porch conversation with the neighbor is substituted with basement conversations with everyone and no on in particular on Facebook. I do not bemoan the fact, I simply state it as a reality.
A similar trend is occurring in the appraiser education field. In the old days (now I am sounding like my father), we hopped a plane—or at least got in the car—and traveled to appraisal classes. It was there we learned about USPAP or the latest trends in the appraisal industry. We updated our continuing education (CE) credits, but the real education usually came in the hallways. I remember on many occasions coming home from an appraisal class having gained more insight, knowledge, tips, and networking opportunities talking to other appraisers at the breaks than I ever learned from the instructor (sorry, Tracy). With the trend toward online appraisal CE classes, that benefit is diminishing.
My state requires 15 hours of CE each year, and though Idaho allows 100% of the CE to be taken online, very little of mine is actually done that way. It is not that I have anything against web-based training (I teach many webinars each year as you know); it’s more that there are so many fringe benefits of rubbing shoulders with other appraisers in person. In a world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, StumbledUpon, Google Plus, Pintrest and the like, do not fall into the trap of becoming more and more isolated from the world or from your colleagues. See appraisal classes as the education they are. Next time you need to renew your credits, look around and see if there are any live classes in your area. You will be glad you did.
Now, go create some value!
Dustin Harris is a multi-business owner, but he has found most of his success as a self-employed, residential real estate appraiser. He has been appraising for nearly two decades. He is the owner and President of Appraisal Precision and Consulting Group, Inc., and is a popular author, speaker and consultant. He owns and operates The Appraiser Coach where he personally advises and mentors other appraisers helping them to also run successful appraisal companies and increase their net worth. His two-day workshop will be held on Nov 11-12, 2013 in Las Vegas. His principles and methodologies are also taught in an online, Mastermind group. He and his wife reside in Idaho with their four children.