Well - what has 2008 brought us all? I'm almost scared to look back as when I do, I see a huge void where much of my retirement account was. I see the nation realizing the cold hard truths about mortgage and appraisal fraud that so many of us harped about since 2005. I see business models change as appraisers scramble for fewer assignments.
But out of all of this, I see an upward movement in appraiser competence as well as the efforts put into providing more thought out reports. This is a good thing. Sort of the appraiser equivalent to "Scared Straight". We have lost some appraisers to the economic downturn - both good and bad ones.
Here's to the good appraisers we lost - may your new year find a new career that leads you to where you hope to go. As to the bad appraisers that lost their jobs, good riddance. The profession is happy to see you go.