Joe Mier, SRA, AI-RRS is well known to those of us on social media in the valuation world. I had spoken with Joe through social media many times, but did not officially meet him until we both attended an a la mode Road Show in New Orleans. He owns a valuation firm in Hammond, LA. One of my best memories so far of Joe is getting the chance to walk around the French Quarter with him. We enjoyed some great food and saw some neat stuff. He really knows his way around local gastronomy. If you ever have a chance to go eat with him, listen to his advice on where to eat. Joe has been very involved with various organizations helping appraisers in his home state of Louisiana and nationally. So, let’s see what Joe Knows.
VN: How long have you been in the profession?
JM:I have been in the appraisal profession for 24 years.
VN: What is your favorite thing about the profession?
JM: Helping people understand the enjoyment of home ownership by knowing the value of the real estate at the time of their purchase.
VN: Who are your mentors and idols within the profession?
JM: Wow! That is a great question. Maureen Sweeny is one of my secret idols J she is so knowledgeable and cares about people. Mentors I have several that I look towards such as Pete Gallo, Pat Turner, Lori Noble and yourself Woody.
VN: What are some of your passions inside the profession?
JM: That appraisers get quality education and never quit learning.
VN: What are some passions of yours outside of the profession?
JM:I am a true believer in taking time with family and friends and enjoying life together.
VN: Where do you see the profession in 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?
JM: 3- years I see more value in consumer products of buying and investing for residential appraisers. I cannot see more than 3 years right now.
VN: What is one thing about your personal business that you are most proud?
JM: That we will celebrate 20 years in our current location this year and we have serves thousands of clients over that time period.
VN: If you could change one thing about your business model what would it be?
JM: That consumers could understand the value of the appraisal process and that it’s not just about closing “the deal”.
VN: What are some present goals for you and what you do are doing in the valuation space?
JM: To bring our services to a broader consumer client base. We are actively getting out into the community space educating agents and the public on how we can assist them with the evaluation process.
VN: If you could change one thing in valuation, what would it be?
JM: To improve appraiser independence that has been removed by the business model that was put AMCs in place of local relationships with lenders.
VN: What advice would you give someone just getting in the profession?
JM: To get quality education and mentorship from appraisers that truly care about the appraisal process and not just filling the form.
VN: This last one is for you to discuss or talk about whatever you would like.
JM: Being a real estate appraiser has been a very fulfilling career for me and my family. It has allowed me to be a part of the community by giving back in many ways through service and knowledge. Remember that working hard is great but that there is more to life than just working make the time to make great memories with your family and friends. I look forward to interacting with people like you Woody and other appraisers. I would encourage appraisers to get out from their offices and make contact with appraisers from their area and don’t be afraid to share information about becoming a better business owner and at the same time a better appraiser. I wish everyone success in 2019. Thank you, Woody for allowing me to share a few words.
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I appreciate Joe for doing this. He shares some great wisdom with us. Proactive appraisers need to be educating and informing consumers and agents.