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Proactive Suggestions

Want to get past the lip service and bitching?  Want to do something useful?  Are you willing to step up and work toward a solution?

Top eight things you can do:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. If you have a Website, link to this site - either the home page or the site map.
  5. Attend at least one meeting of the Appraisal Board.  They meet once a month.
  6. 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 fifty cents.
  7. 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.
  8. Take 5 minutes to think of something, and then do it.

This page born 12/15/05 -- last modified 02/15/07

Theodore Roosevelt

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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