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Yet another expert who is making gazillions of dollars using "virtual assistants and outsourcing"…
I have been blessed in my life with more than my share of good friends. I’m talking about the lifelong kind. The kind we maintain friendships over 30; 40 or even 50+ years. My Mother and Father have always told me you can never really have too many real friends. They were right.
So, at my age I don’t need or consciously seek to make enemies. Just as I have had more than my fair share of true friends, I’ve probably also had my share of folks that really don’t love or even like me. I’m ok with that and like I said I don’t really seek out opportunities to make enemies.
Sometimes they just fall into my lap.
Now I LIKE WorkingRE and have a lot of respect for Isaac Peck and David over there. I think they do many good things for appraisers. Sadly, they also do some things in pursuit of advertising dollars that aren’t very good for appraisers. Heck, they aren’t even good for errors and omissions Insurance providers!
Go Ahead and click this link. I’ll wait.
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Y’all KNOW how fond I am of euphemisms. It’s a little like waving a red banner in front of an angry bull. Usually I can ignore them and just read past the fluff. “Leveraging” may be my least favorite. I’m not quite sure yet.
So as I read the WorkingRE Special Edition one of the ‘Value Added’ benefits is that my barely repressed annoyance leveraged itself into full blown anger. Picture your favorite rap star in his favorite performance pose and think to yourself “leverage THIS!”
leveraging the power of virtual assistants
I’m sure the staff at WorkingRE ears must have been burning as well. Certainly, the air in my house was filled with loud references to very old professions other than journalism.
using "virtual assistants and outsourcing" to do his appraisalsIt seems that WorkingRE was promoting yet another expert who is making gazillions of dollars using "virtual assistants and outsourcing" to do his appraisals and he is willing to share the secrets of his success (for a fee). In fact he’ll even reach out to us from the Philippines to do so. Apparently, Bangalore Bob and Hyderabad Harriet are too overworked or overpaid and THEIR appraisal windfall is now being outsourced to the Philippine Islands. Or at least part of it is. Roy still uses India too.
Here’s where my ‘not a friend’ list gets longer.
How clever of Mr. Meyer to recognize that this unique twist on practicing a profession could earn him so many wards and accolades. Ever since Zaio crashed and bitcoins tanked, it must be harder and harder to conceive the next scam of the month. Congrats to Mr. Meyer for succeeding!
You can read more about Mr. Myers particular brand of packaged pony loaf below:
|First Name: Roy||Middle Initial: L||Last Name: Meyer|
|Company Name: Roy Meyer Appraisals|
|Street Address: 2522 Chambers Road, Suite 168|
|City: Tustin||State: CA||Zip Code: 92780|
|Telephone Number: [Redacted – the point is not to harass the guy folks]|
|Status: Active||Credentialing State: CA||State Credential Number: AR017734|
|Credential Certificate Type: Certified Residential|
|Effective Date of Credential: 05/07/2013|
|Expiration Date of Credential: 05/06/2019|
|Conforms to AQB Criteria: Yes|
For anyone still with me, you will note in his 25+ years he’s done over 15,000 appraisals! That’s an average of 600 per year.
Since his first year in the business.
Presumably fit in around his busy ‘teaching’ and self-promotion schedule.
My cynical side can’t help but wonder if there is some kind of legal protection or benefit to offering webinars from the Philippines that aren’t available if offered in the States, using wire communications or internet?
One thing I’m still unclear on. In saying he’s ‘done over 15,000 appraisals’ does he mean he has signed 15,000 or just outsourced his signature for others to sign 15,000 appraisals?
How many of those 15,000 appraisals done by other people had advance client permission to disclose nonpublic, personal information? How many of those 15,000 borrowers (or sellers) knew their private housing information; or the fact they were applying for a loan was being broadcast all over the globe along the old Pan American Flying Boat routes? Complete with interior photographs.
How many of those 15,000 – virtual assistant prepared appraisals would Mr. Meyer be willing to stake his career on? How many of those 15,000 disclosed in the scope of work that virtual assistants (as opposed to the ordinary kind) were doing the work? How many of those 15,000 would withstand an impartial review by any USPAP instructors that read this blog?
Mr. Meyer is in my opinion, a disgrace to the profession. It is people like him that fast tracked the contempt with which the NAR, ABA and MBA hold our profession.