2017, A Time for Change. Change for the Good!
Real Change is on the Horizon!
It is always the same; out with the old, in with the new. New Year resolutions typically last a few weeks and then we are back to the same routine. Sound familiar?
Well, 2016 saw some improvements in the appraisal profession, but real change is on the horizon. VaCAP’s new year resolution is all about change. Change for the good! 2017 will be a year in which Virginia appraisers continue to move forward in a positive direction.
Over the next few months, pay attention to our communications. Some exciting opportunities are in the works for education, socializing, networking and more. We can’t reveal details at the this time as we are still finalizing them, but rest assured, we will share our excitement very soon.
In the mean time, here is a free educational opportunity you have right now: Attend the live webinar sponsored by the Network of State Appraiser Organizations on January 18th @ 2:00 This webinar is a Question and Answer session with Jim Parks, Executive Director of The Appraisal Subcommittee and David Bunton with the The Appraisal Foundation. Preregistration is required. See the PDF flyer below.
New Year Reminders:
- Make sure your profile is up to date with your clients. If the client allows you to input your fees, make sure they are accurate and reflect your worth.. Analyze your cost of performing each appraisal against your desired profit margin. Will your current fees reach your goals?
- Do some preventative maintenance on your electronic devices used in the field. Change the batteries and clean the lens on your camera and measuring devices. Update the mapping software in your GPS.
- Update your website and on line social media accounts. A fresh look may attract new clients
- Make sure your professional resume is up to date.
- Evaluate and adjust your marketing plans. Will they help reach your goals?
- Clean up your files, both paper and electronic.
Something to think about…
Do you use a client or AMC mobile app? Are these “tools” in your best interest? Are they professional? Are they secure? Are they in compliance with USPAP’s confidentiality requirements? Does the client or AMC blast out orders via these apps with “a first to respond gets the order?” Are you quick enough to catch an order? Are the fees with this client customary and reasonable? Not only is it OK, but it is your right to say……. “No, I will not work under these conditions.”
It is your business. You have the right to decide how you conduct business. You also have the right to charge any fee you desire. Don’t let any client or AMC take that away from you.
VaCAP would like to remind each appraiser to be mindful of their business. Pay attention to your receivables and don’t let any one client or AMC owe you more than you can afford to write off if they suddenly go under leaving you unpaid.