If you want to remain relevant today, tomorrow, and into the future, you need to be aware of what is happening in your profession and be willing to adjust and innovate with the changing times. In the realm of real estate appraisal we need to be respond to the decline in demand for appraisals on “cookie cutter” residences which can valued using AVM or hybrid type appraisals. The future in real estate appraisal is for more advanced analysis on properties that like myself, don’t fit the mold. I have seen an increase in assignments that are rural, distressed or unique (Pole Barn frame Homes etc) and feel confident that by using sound techniques and applying logic, the result will be continued increase in demand for the future. When things get weird, it also gets fun.