When I first started appraising, I was basically in an "appraiser mill". It was a company that had a whole bunch of trainee appraisers finding business and cranking out appraisals. It got to the point where it was trainees training trainees- it was absurd, but very common practice at the time. As a trainee, I got "really good" because I could crank out a report in a couple of hours. Piece of cake, I thought to myself....
As I eventually got my license and started talking with other appraisers, reading appraisal journals, and taking courses, I came to realize that I was doing a very superficial job and not doing the proper analysis required for each job. I slowly started changing my methods and improving the quality of the reports. I constantly learned from others and continued to take courses to better understand what I was doing.
Now that I have been appraising for some time, it takes me quite a while to finish an appraisal. I find my self really thinking and analyzing many aspects of the report and pulling lots and lots of data to verify my conclusions. My appraisals easily take twice as long as when I was "really good" as a trainee. Yet, still, there is a lot to learn. With each year I am constantly learning new things that make my appraisals more accurate and easier to understand. I may not be as fast as I used to be, but I'm a whole lot better than I used to be, and like a fine wine, will get better with age.
Thanks for reading!