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Want to get past the lip service and
bitching? Want to do something useful? Are you willing to step up and work toward
Top eight things you can do:
- Send me a check - payable to Phil Rice, 11268 E Linvale Dr,
Aurora, CO 80014. I know it sounds shameless, but consider that I
have already spent well over $300 in postage and copy fees - of my own money.
I would much rather you do something proactive (see items listed below).
But these items require effort, energy, brainpower, time, courage, and perhaps
some of your cash. Sending me a check only requires the cash.
- If you can't (or won't) send me a check, send me some kind of
feedback - email, phone, or snail mail. Even negative feedback is better
than nothing. Or if you prefer, send me a Christmas card.
- For those in a position to do so, find an honest appraiser (easier
said than done) and send them some work. If the good guys all go out of
business, it will leave the bad guys in charge. Is that what you want?
- If you have a Website,
link to this site - either the
home page or the site map.
- Attend at least one meeting of the
Appraisal Board. They meet once a
- Prepare and mail a letter - use my
mailing list or prepare your
own, and tell them what you really think. As much as possible, try to
focus on what you are in favor of, and why. For example, it does not do
much good to write a
letter to the Governor and say you are against mortgage
fraud - nearly everyone is against mortgage fraud. It may do some good
to write a letter to the Governor and say you are in favor of more effective
enforcement of real estate appraisal rules and regulations -- specifically
those rules that apply to appraiser ethics. If you are unable or
unwilling to write a good letter of your own, then write to the Governor and
tell him you agree with my letter - this is not difficult and it costs only
- File a complaint against an appraiser. I have suggested this
to (literally) 100's of people, from all different areas of the industry.
I am continually amazed at the feeble excuses offered up. If no one files a complaint, there is no
discipline. If there is no discipline, the bad appraisers prosper and
the good appraisers go out of business.
- Take 5 minutes to think of something, and then do it.
This page born 12/15/05 -- last modified 02/15/07
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong
man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again
and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who
knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a
worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high
achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring
greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who
knew neither victory nor defeat.
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
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