Hello, I’m currently considering a career change to becoming a residential appraiser. I’m 23 and been working as a Big 4 auditor for the last 7 months. I absolutely cannot stand the work, I feel like it absorbs every second of my day and I would like something with a little more freedom. My dads been a residential appraiser for 40 years, he’s had 20 appraisers work under his company in the past but since the recession he’s worked alone. He always told me growing up to not become an appraiser because he was making next to nothing during the recession and he thought I could do better and get a degree (he didn’t go to college). I wanted to ask a few questions to some other appraisers to avoid some of the biases I’ve already heard from him. He’s doing an absolute killing right now he has a lot of high end residential orders in the NJ/NYC area and I don’t see why I shouldn’t follow what seems like a clear path to 6 figures
As a residential appraiser what’s the worst year salary wise you’ve ever had? How easy would it be to transfer to a real estate analyst job after getting my appraisers license? (I have majors in both Finance and Accounting and a minor in Comp Sci) How hard would it be to build up my own appraising firm?