Athena’s interest in the appraisal industry started when she met an appraiser trainee who had just entered the field.
“He described the appraisal process to me and I was intrigued.”
Soon after, Athena started training as an appraiser. She became fully licensed in 2007.
One of the things Athena enjoys most about being an appraiser is the input and impact she has on the purchase of a property.
“The most rewarding part is knowing that a report which is based on my analytical thinking and due diligence, will be utilized to complete a transaction.
To conduct her due diligence, Athena is prepared to go the extra mile.
“I am flexible and accommodating to the schedules of the lender and homeowner for the appraisal appointment and rush assignments. I commonly work outside of business hours and on weekends.”
Success as an appraiser can’t be achieved without creating a sense of trust with your customers.
“To build that trust one must have ethics, meet expectations, and communicate. Professionalism is all about gaining trust.”
Another aspect of professionalism is having an in-depth knowledge of the marketplace you serve.
“New developments in Honolulu over the past few years have been in the form of high-rise condo towers, largely in the Kakaako and Ala Moana neighborhoods near the resort area of Waikiki. These condo towers come in a wide range of offerings, from studio units to penthouse suites that come with resort-style amenities. The new developments also offer a percentage of affordable housing within the high-rise condo towers for those who qualify.”
Despite these new developments, the Honolulu market is in a downtrend.
“The current median price is $1,030,000 vs. $1,095,000 last year. The number of homes sold is down as well to 249 from 296. And the average days on market has increased to 21 days from 12 days a year ago.”