AUTHOR: Patrick Egger is a Certified General Appraiser located in Las Vegas, NV. He teaches continuing education classes on the housing market, appraisal issues for real estate agents and appraisers. Click on Outside The Boxes for a collection of Patrick's articles on Appraisal Scoop!
To some, "The Right Start" represented good ideas and to others, well, it was just Patrick on his soapbox again. Both have merit. I do not have all of the answers. Most of the time, "its just me thinking out loud" and you being polite enough to listen.
The Appraisal Scoop and various forums, serve as "quasi-mentors", providing news, commentary and direction to appraisers. With Web 2.0, we found a "missing link", one lost when the profession left the financial institutions to become a cottage industry of sorts.
While the quasi-mentors serve appraisers, there is still a "disconnect" and as a result, we still have "blind men describing the elephant differently". We all have views and opinions. After all we are in the opinion business. The problem (one that generates the "but my other appraisers don’t do that") is that while we have a "uniform appraisal report" we lack a "uniform perspective and application". [Blind Men and an Elephant]
Where do we go from here?
I began with "what if" and it will end with the same thought. "What if" does not represent the questions; it represents the possibilities and the answers. "What if" is an exercise for the mind imagination and spirit, designed to recognize the problem, conceive a solution, while developing enthusiasm to energize thought into action.
I suggested "a la mode, inc." as an ally in our quest to shift direction and control (to some degree) our destiny. Some have written, suggesting that I am drinking "a la mode’s kool aide", far from it. Dave Biggers and a la mode "stepped up and took a swing", when the others we not even on the field.