Meet Widget O'Rourke – our new Appraisal Today cat team member!!

I am not sending our my Regular Thursday email newsletter this week. Just some fun photos of Widget O’Rourke!! More info after the photos. 
 
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Trying to supervise the humans. They can never understand what I am trying to say!!

Exercise time – getting bored!

Waiting for my human chaffeur. I’m ready to go!!

I’m not sure about this neighborhood!!

Is that a mouse??
   
Checking out the overgrown landscaping for any rodents…

2 stories or 3 stories?

Checking for any foundation mouse holes

Measuring the house. The human makes me take the “dumb end” of the tape. I should be on the smart end!!

Finally back home. Nap time!!
More info:
Age: 5 months
Birthday: July 29, 2015
Weight: 4 pounds
Breed: Burmese
Language: Cattish with Siamese accent
Personality: very friendly, likes to travel and play, talks a lot, not afraid of anything except skateboards
About cats, cars and leashes
Cats are very easy to train. A popular method for all pets is clicker training. Just google it. Leash/harness training is best if started when a kitten. I brought Widget home October 31 (3 months old) and started leash and harness training the next week. She learned it within a day and I started taking her on “walks” in the back yard and on the sidewalk on my street.
She did not like being in the car inside the cat carrier. Cats like to look out. Finally figured out how to get her to ride in the car – purchased a raised seat with an attached leash.
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In my 20’s I took several long trips with my cat in a van I converted (traveled 3-6 months at a time). The cat was not on a leash and harness. Went in and out of the van. When I was backpacking she followed along running in the bushes. I am finally traveling with my cat again!!!
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I am not taking her out on inspections for now… she is very easily distracted ;> She loves traveling to take comp photos.

How to Stay Happy as an Appraiser

How to Stay Happy as an Appraiser with Ann O’Rourke – Dustin Harris Podcast 12/13/15

In a recent paid Appraisal Today newsletter I wrote an article: “Staying positive with unreasonable fees and Scope Creep from AMCs”. In my article I go over many ways to be positive. These ideas are not new and have been around for many decades. I applied them to appraisers.

Whenever I do public speaking, I am much more “out there” than I am when I write. I am much more spontaneous, similar to when I am interviewed for podcasts.

I don’t think that there have ever been as many dissatisfied residential appraisers as there are now, primarily due to several factors:

– AMC and over-management of appraisers

– Low AMC fees for the work required

– Ever increasing requirements from investors and lenders

I know many long time residential appraisers who have quit appraising because they don’t want to work for AMCs. If I could only get work from AMCs, I would have quit also. But, I also know appraisers who do a lot of AMC work and they are satisfied with it. Dustin is a good example. They modified their businesses. I also know appraisers who do very little AMC work.

All successful business people have a positive attitude. Some of us are fortunate to be born that way. But, you can change your attitude.

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ID badges for appraisers? A controversial topic

 

Excerpts:
Appraisers are not required to provide identification (in California), even a driver’s license, when they come to a house, do not always look the part and can cause alarm if not expected. One Orange County company says that is a problem.

Six months ago, Mission Viejo-based Comergence rolled out something the appraisal industry has never had – shiny ID badges.

Since the service started, just 22 of roughly 300 appraisers in San Diego County have signed up and the head of local industry group, the Appraisal Institute, says she thinks she knows why.

“A badge doesn’t identify you any differently than a business card does,” local Appraisal Institute president Susan Merrick said. “It’s pretty much typical operating procedure to give a business card when you go to the door… From a residential standpoint, it’s totally useless as far as I’m concerned.”

The state Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers says there is no law requiring appraisers to carry identification and has no opinion on Comergence.

Bureau head Jim Martin said he is not aware of any recent occurrences, at least in the last two years, of someone posing as an appraiser.
A San Diego commercial appraiser with 30 years experience, Gary Rasmuson, has pushed for a badge for the industry for years and even created his own.

My comments: This is controversial among appraisers. Many years ago, the chief appraiser for a lender told me that appraisers should not give a business card to the borrower. Of course, I didn’t agree. I have always give out business cards as that is a good source of referrals for me for non-lender work. I also want to be seen as a professional.

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