Wendy knew right out of high school that she wanted a career in real estate. At the age of 18, she became a realtor but soon after, her plans changed.
“A friend of mine from real estate school told me about an appraisal firm that was hiring. Back then, in 1987, you did not need a license to appraise, so I became an appraiser immediately and never looked back!” says Wendy.
Being an appraiser turned out to be the perfect job for Wendy when she was a working mom. It gave her the ability to have flexible hours while she raised three children.
“As my children got older, my business was growing so much so that my husband became an appraiser in 2000,” says Wendy. “Our youngest son joined us in 2019. We now have a very successful family business.”
Obviously, flexibility is one of the big reasons why Wendy enjoys being an appraiser but it’s not the only one.
“I am so fortunate to be able to have loved what I do for the last 36 years. I also love that I control my income and can work as hard as I want to achieve my goals. Self motivation is one of the most important tools for a successful career as an appraiser.”
As a former realtor, Wendy appreciates that when a deal is in progress time is of the essence.
“Sometimes things need to be expedited to get to the settlement table. I am always willing to help in any way possible to ensure a report is executed properly and quickly so as not to delay a settlement.”
As an appraiser, Wendy serves the Gloucester, Camden and Burlington Counties of New Jersey, where the market is highly developed and established.
“Consequently, the marketplace is relatively stable,” says Wendy. “The current median home price last year was $419,500 versus $410,000 now. 8 homes sold in 2022 during this month versus 7 this month in 2023. And the average days on market last year was 11 days versus 10 days this year.”