As the President of Valuation Management Group, I have had the opportunity to speak to many different audiences in my 24 year real estate appraisal career. I recently had the opportunity to share my experience and thoughts about the appraisal industry with a unique group of young adults. The audience was high school seniors at Gwinnett Central High School in Georgia.
During the multi-week program, the seniors were learning about the home buying process and career opportunities affiliated with the real estate industry. They had the opportunity to listen to several speakers including real estate closing attorneys, mortgage bankers, real estate agents, a credit bureau agent, home inspectors and real estate appraisers.
I invited Scott Murphy, a real estate appraiser and Chair of The Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board, to join me to speak with the students about the appraisal process and career opportunities. The day Scott and I were speaking was the last day of school before spring break. The program, Project Based Learning, is an after school program. We were thinking maybe no one would show up, but they did, and they were even early. These young adults are so committed that they made a concerted effort to attend our session. They were engaged and asked excellent questions. Both Scott and I were very impressed.
I am sharing this experience as encouragement to others in our industry that young adults in our communities have an interest in the real estate industry and the appraisal profession. I was honored to share about the industry I love, real estate appraising. Hopefully, we inspired the students to consider our industry as a career path option.. Either way they will be better prepared to become a home owner one day. Thanks to Deirdra Cox for putting together such a wonderful program. It would be beneficial to students if other schools would develop similar programs.
Vicky Thompson is the President and CEO of Valuation Management Group. She is a certified residential real property appraiser. In 2006, she founded Valuation Management Group.
Valuation Management Group is a national, full service appraisal management service company that manages the appraisal process for financial institutions, banks, mortgage bankers, and credit unions. We offer the full array of commercial and residential appraisal products and services. We take the appraisal process from ordinary to extraordinary.