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Alrighty Then

I've now caught the school bug. Not because everyone else is doing it, but because I have things I want to do with my life and being a slave to a desk is not one of them.

I quit my job for several reasons, those of you who have been with my LJ since time began know why. Yet I will restate the main reason was and is to be with my kids.

Now, with one thing down, the slight income I had has become even slighter. I've had to return to Tim one day a week. TG I make more in that one day after taxes then I did having the one thing that is now down (and probably will be for some time to come).

I don't think I need to elaborate on what that "one thing" is.

I don't want to be sucked back into the world of being what I was. I want to be able to pick and chose my assignments and to work around MY schedule, not work a set schedule and try to work my life around it.

I've been completely facinated watching this whole house thing - the inspection, the appraisal - the intricate dance that is going on in order to make everything fall into place so a house can be sold and the buyers can be satisfied and the sellers happy with the final sales price.

I talked with our inspector, twice. The first time he was a nay-sayer saying you had to have been in the construction biz for XXXX years like he has, blah blah blah. Only to come home and find that there is a program offered by Butt Tech for home inspections.

The home inspector told me about looking into doing house appraisals. So I contacted an appraiser I know and he told me to contact this school which is in Blue Ash. I found they have a website so I checked it out.

The school also has courses on home inspections. Yet it is more expensive than house appraisals.

I continue to talk to people - a home inspection can last up to 3 hours, grossing the inspector up to $300 or more depending on what all you want them to inspect for.

A home inspector can inspect up to 4 houses a day. A home inspector has to get up very early in the morning to get going on this and doesn't tend to get home until late at night.

A home appraiser works at their own pace and can do as many houses they want to a day. The software needed can be put on a home PC and as long as you have a good camera, good printer, and a fax machine to recieve your requests, you can set your own schedule.

Both classes are high paced classes. Its like one class a day for two days on and a few days off back and forth. You take the final for the class at the end of the class day.

They help you get your state certification - by cramming you for the test - and then they have three to four RE companies to pick from for job purposes.

See, the RE companies refer the work over to you. They collect the check for you on the home appraisals then pass the money on to you. The inspector gets paid directly from the client.

You can choose how many appraisals to do in a day and then work up the information on your comp at home and then turn them in.

I talked to writanya about doing this. She does basic inspections, but can't call herself an inspector because she is not totally certified to do so.

Yet alas and alack she will be most likely leaving us down here shortly for the glammer of the great city of Cleveland. Ah well, just gives me an excuse to head up there and hang out there for a weekend in the future so she can show me the sights she gets so excited about.

So when my love Stan gets a breather, we will sit down and discuss me returning to school this Sept. The course lasts from Sept to Dec. That is how high paced it is. So quite possibly by the first of next year I could be a house appraiser. How exciting is that?

I'm looking at the big picture. Yes, the money is good (about $275 or more per house), but the other upsides are this - I can be mom to my children. I can get them to school(s) and be there to get them. Or in the case of the BBK, get her to Pre-K or have Auntie Bug do it or have Auntie Bug pick her up - as long as we get BBK and Bean into the same Pre-K. Then when CJM is supposed to get off the bus I can be home, with work to do, and turn them loose, with me right there with them.

I can be home to do dinner, and be mom, etc. My dream. AND I can have a job.

Which means I can have my cake and eat it too. YAY!!!


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Apr. 18th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, this screams a big old bunch of NO NO NO NO NO at me. if you miss something on the inspection, could you be sued? and if the buyer tries to get out of buying the house could the owner then sue you? I know alot of home inspectors are former electritions/contractors/etc. and it sounds great on the face of it, I just wanna make sure you don't leap before you look, k?
(not trying to piss in your cheerios just don't want you to wake up to a nightmare later)I hate nightmares when I'm awake-they end badly.
(( Oh yeah. BTW. we're talking about doing a girlsnight w/videos and hanging out and doing hair and being all highschool and stuff - you interested?))
Apr. 18th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
Its good to get someone elses POV on things. I'm sure that these are things that they teach you about. Yes, I'm sure I would have to carry my own insurance.

Inspection is the one you are talking about - I'm talking about me becoming an appraiser.

Our inspector on the first house gave us some bad news on some big problems. We told the owner we would go forward with the purchase if she either fixed these things or knocked about $15,000 off the house as that was what it would probably cost us to correct these problems. She refused to do either so we walked.

The house we are buying now, same inspector, came back with the things that we had already noted needed to be done as well as a few minor things we missed but that we can totally take care of inexpensively. Well, except the re-do of the basement that hasn't been touched since it was built and the windows that are the original windows. The house was built the year Stan was born. *chuckles*

The sellers came down on the price of the house some. Yay. These people were willing to work with the buyer(s), whoever it may be. In this case us. We also had the privilege of speaking directly to her on the day of the inspection.

But I do see your point, now that I've blathered on, about getting sued about an inspection. But I do know an inspector can piss off a realtor (as was the case with the first house - it was a big commish - I'm sure that is why she was totally pissed off).

No, you didn't piss in my cherios (LOL). But my goal is to do home appraisals - not inspections. And I don't know how you can totally F up an appraisal (but I'm sure there is some ways that I've not heard of yet).

OOOOO, girls night, giggly, video, hangin, hair stylin, all HS like sounds like fun. Let me know when!

And you will SO have to come over when we get into our new place.
Apr. 18th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
Most excellant, will definately do so - and am lookin forward to it!
Apr. 19th, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
is it easy to find a job in this field?
Apr. 19th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC)
I do believe so
Because as long as there are homes for sale, appraisers will be needed.

I know for a fact that the field is NOT saturated with appraisers. I only know of three for sure and one of them just died, one is not too far behind that one, and the third is in a different city entirely.

When you look up appraisers in the phone book, the listing is tiny.

Most appraisers work directly for real estate firms. But freelancer's are in demand as well.

I've also always been able to get a job fairly easily as I'm (tootin my own horn here) talented, smart, and on top of things, and pretty darn good with people. In fact, I tend to find that the employers I have had leaned on me very heavily because I could run the office without their presence.

Only thing I couldn't do was give legal advice.

I look forward to learning a new trade.
Apr. 19th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Re: I do believe so
it seems like both of us will be starting school this sept. :-)
i got accepted to sheridan for animal care :-D
Apr. 19th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
Re: I do believe so
Congrats! And good luck. I believe you will make a good vet!
Apr. 19th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
Re: I do believe so
awww...thank you. i believe so too as i love animals :-)
good luck to you too! i'm sure you'll hear my stories from school on lj.
Apr. 19th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
Re: I do believe so
I look forward to reading them. I don't know what stories I will have if any. My classes will be high speed where I take the class for one day and then take the final at the end of the class and then start a whole new class the next time I go. There will be no "semesters" or "quarters" for me. Yipes.
Apr. 19th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
Re: I do believe so
wow! that's pretty hardcore :-)
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