Real Estate Appraiser – Glen Kangas

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Day in the life of
Real Estate Appraiser – Glen Kangas

Glen Kangas
Real Estate Appraiser
GA Appraisals

I am a self employed real estate appraiser who works independently. One of the great things about being an appraiser is that each day is different.

My Typical Day

Researching data for an appraisal or two which involves looking up the public records, MLS data, and bringing it in the field to do the inspections of the homes which involves measuring the house, taking notes about the features, quality, and condition, and taking photos inside and out.

Once we inspect the home, we select the most comparable sales and go take pictures of them.

Once back at the office, we make phone calls to realtors to verify information about the sales we are using, do additional research on the local market including some regression analysis and direct comparison of sales to determine the market reaction to specific features.

We also update the status of reports with clients and have to make phone calls to schedule future appraisal inspections.


Pros include every day being different, scheduling flexibility (I was able to take and pick up kids from school, coach softball, volunteer and be at daytime school events), being in a different area each day which allows the ability to try a wide variety of foods.

Another pro for me is not being stuck in an office all day while also not being out every day either.


The industry is constantly changing, so I have needed to reorganize my business a dozen times over the years, you lose clients for things out of your control and it ebbs and flows where sometimes it’s very slow and can be scary. It also involves a lot of driving which can be tiring and we are under constant pressure to appraise to a certain value, get it done by a due date and make the client happy while still protecting our license by doing a quality job.

Our key responsibility is to protect the public trust by being an independent, unbiased 3rd party who is responsible for extensive knowledge about the local real estate market, what influences values, and proving our opinion of value with detailed and supported analysis.

I find it very rewarding and love being an appraiser.

We are also in short supply of new appraisers and one of the reasons is that it is not a known or discussed profession in high schools or colleges with career counselors.

Advice to aspiring Appraisers

My advice to those who wish to pursue a career as an appraiser

  1. It’s very hard to get in, but once you do, you are in an exclusive club
  2. Realize that at first, you will make very little, likely minimum wage, but within 3-5 years you can easily make $75,000 plus and many appraisers earn six figures after 5-10 years
  3. It takes a long time to learn, so be patient
  4. Skills you will need to be good at or develop:
    • Comfort with technology, we use tablets in the field, apps to do the the inspections, laser measuring tools, Excel spreadsheets to do regression analysis and multiple screens in the office for efficiency
    • Comfortable with Geometry to understand angles, arcs, etc when measuring a home
    • Analytical skills to be able to compare things
    • Be ok with the role of umpire or referee, impartial and unbiased despite your personal feelings
    • Be able to be disciplined with your time
  5. It takes anywhere from 75-150 hours of coursework prior to getting your trainee license, depending on the state you wish to be licensed in
  6. To be a Certified Residential Appraiser, you need at least an AA degree
  7. Research to understand what an appraiser does and maybe take an online class to see if it interests you
Glen Kangas
Real Estate Appraiser
GA Appraisals
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Real Estate Appraisers

appraise real property to determine its value for purchase, sales, investment, mortgage, or loan purposes.

Salary: $65630
Salary Rank: B
Education: Bachelor's degree
Becoming One: Hard
Job Satisfaction: High
Job Growth: Average
Suitable Personality: The Leader

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