Here’s a great question: Where can newbie and apprentice appraisers go to get training in how to distinguish among building materials?
I have to admit this is something I never gave much thought to – until a follower messaged me about it, but we all understand that differences in construction materials, and the quality of those materials, can affect a house’s marketability. This difference can affect its market value, too.
One way is simple on-the-job training. So, if you are a newbie or an apprentice, that means you must ask lots of questions of your mentor or supervisor. Then, when you do, you hope they know the answers and can communicate them properly. It is really important newbies and apprentices choose a mentor or supervisor who has a clue about all facets of real estate appraisal, including the ability to distinguish among building materials and their qualities.
In addition to on-the-job training, there are classes you can take on this. They are available from some of the national real estate appraisal education providers. They are usually on-line classes. This adds to their convenience. And, because the providers are accredited nationally to offer such classes, you get CE credit for them, too!
So, in addition to on-the-job-training and on-line classes, consider such sources as Google® and YouTube®. What I really like about YouTube ® is that all the responses to your questions on building materials will have both an explanation of the differences, as well as pictures of the materials. These pictures will make the answers really easy to understand, as well as illustrate those differences.
If you have any thoughts on other places newbies and apprentices can get this information, please let me know so I can share your inspiration with the others.
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