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Larrycarlton

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Any advice for taking this State test ? I am really ready to finished with the trainee phase. My goal is to become Certified after this step, so any career advice as well,would be appreciated.
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I would advise just going straight to certified if you can... Licensed really doesn't do you any good.  You will find people want to know how long you have been certified, but then never ask how long you have been licensed.  So if you go ahead to CR, in a few years you will have some bragging rights on your resume.



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I'd be headed to Certified General as fast as you can. Residential appraising is dying a slow death.
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The state test is exactly the same for Licensed as it is for Certified. At least it was in 2009. I took it to be Licensed then 5 months later I got enough hours to take the Certified. I was pissed when all the questions were the same ones. Do yourself a favor, only take it once for CR. Meatloaf is right- nobody gives work to Licensed any more, too easy to find a CR to do the same assignment.
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The others are correct. There is no value in being licensed. Become certified as quickly as you can.
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I took the Licensed in 2010 and failed. So I just waited til I could take it to be CR. Took that in 2012 and it was the same test.  So yeah, like everyone else is saying  just skip Licensed it is a waste of your time and money.
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Larrycarlton

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I went ahead and got my State License. I am on the way to CR. My 2 years and 2,500 hours will be up just in time for the State to change it to 1,500 hours and six months. 4 more months

You were right, the AMC's sure want CR's.

Thanks for the advice

Larry
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Larry, sad thing is that 10 years ago, 90% of all appraisers were L's... those that were CR's were the dumbasses.  It only approved you to do appraisals on million dollar homes for FRT's.  No one really wanted to do those anyway.  Then nearly over-night everyone moved up to CR except for an unfortunate few who missed the boat.  They have manipulated the requirements multiple times since I became an appraiser to try to control our numbers.... Each time it is always reactionary and rarely based on sound reasoning other than supply/demand.
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