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A Late Start

Dear Mr Harrison:

Thanks for sharing the wealth of your knowledge and experience with all of us; we look forward to your publication!

My question: I am completing over forty years of successful activity as a Realtor. Now, at 87 years, the body is getting weary and many daily showings are tiring -- but the brain loves the business. I think I'd like to be a certified appraiser in the State of Ohio -- but at my age I'm not sure I could satisfy the apprenticeship requirement in a timely manner.

Your advice would be appreciated!
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Dear Friend,

I am 80 myself, and will be happy if I make it to 87 and still can continue working! Frankly, I think it is a little late for you to be starting out as an appraisal trainee. However, with your background, have you ever thought of becoming a real estate consultant? You might start by offering your services to give some home buying advice, perhaps in a free seminar at your local library or civic center? There are also good opportunities for "seniors" like us in the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), where your expertise in real estate might be very welcome. SCORE is a national non-profit organization that counsels business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. There are nearly 400 SCORE chapters throughout the United States offering counseling services to small businesses in all areas -- at no charge to the client. Find out more about volunteering for S.C.O.R.E. here:

Good luck -- and let me know what you decide to do.