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Last Post 11/26/2010 4:23 PM by  jmoya
Need a mentor
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10/17/2010 1:53 PM
    Hello Everyone.

    I recently became certified with Florida 520 All Lines. I am looking for a mentor I can ride with a couple of times or a few times. Just trying to get some exposure and experience.

    I live in Miami/South Florida.

    I would greatly appreciate if anyone can assist me with this.

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    10/20/2010 1:53 PM
    I would be happy to have you. Just let me know when and I will send you my rate schedule.
    "Prattling on and on about being an ass with experience doesn't make someone experienced. It just makes you an ass." Rod Buvens, Pilot grunt
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    10/20/2010 8:26 PM
    Posted By Joe Moya on 17 Oct 2010 01:53 PM
    Hello Everyone.

    I recently became certified with Florida 520 All Lines. I am looking for a mentor I can ride with a couple of times or a few times. Just trying to get some exposure and experience.

    I live in Miami/South Florida.

    I would greatly appreciate if anyone can assist me with this.

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    Joe Moya
    Hello Joe,

    You need to do some legwork and find out about some mentor programs, there are a few of them around, you can find them the same way you found this site.
    You won't have a problem finding a mentor program but you need to be aware that there hundreds if not thousands of adjusters just like you that are on these programs waiting lists.

    While you are on these waiting lists , you would be well served to learn as much as you can about policy knowledge,  the different types of policies,.

    You need to be well versed in XM8 from the onset of your career. 

    We have a gentleman by the name of Ray Hall here on this site and he has offered help to any prospective adjuster provided this adjuster is serious about the industry.

    So I will make a deal with you Joe, since you just got licensed , you have probably just came out of an XM8 class, Ray asks that you assume your own house was hit by a tornado, write up an XM8 report on your own house with replacing your roof  and 320 sf of decking, removing a 100 ft tree that fell through the roof , the master bedroom , bedroom one, needs everything from the floor to the ceiling removed and replaced due to the roof opening up and exposing the interior. We will keep it simple and not have you write up any contents.

    Send your estimate to CatAdjusterX@gmail.com and I will help you get on a few different lists. If you wanna take me up on this, have it done by Monday 25 October 2010

    Robby Robinson
    "A good leader leads..... ..... but a great leader is followed !!" CatAdjusterX@gmail.com
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    11/23/2010 7:52 AM
    Hello Robby,

    I should have monitored this posting and I didn't, therefore I missed your response. I like to thank you for your assistance and guidance. I have not taken any XM8 class. Are you referring to Xactimate 25/27 ?, if so I guess that would be my first step to take on your offer. What's the best way to go about it?
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    11/24/2010 2:59 PM

    Many books can be purchased for under $25.00 at Lowes or home depot. They will show you how to build a house from the foundation up. Read that book several times. Go to a big box store and look at all the material it takes to build a house. Go to all the constuction sites you can find when a house is going up and watch how its done. This will take you about 3 or 4 months then come back again. You don,t know enough to know what you don,t know. If you own any property and have it insured read the policy until you under stand the WHOLE policy. Wait until a 4-5 hurricane hits Floida and you may have a chance to get a staring job, helping some licensed adjuster with more than 5-10 years experience.

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    11/25/2010 8:39 AM
    Hello Ray and thank you for your reply and suggestions.

    Although the certification is new to me other things aren't. I'll tell you a bit about me and it might help in the guidance.

    I have read constructions books and have built, (hands on) although small, a residential dwelling, from the ground up; from foundation to tie-bean and roof, interior and exterior. I have owned five houses and being in many construction sites over the years. I am familiar with insurance policies and have even taken a couple of courses on it. I was a trade contractor and owned a construction company until 2008.

    I have probably assessed (inside and out) around 1000 properties as part of residential properties tax assessment for two cities. This included measuring, drawing & sketching and evaluating its condition.

    My formal education includes four years in engineering school which included courses in civil engineering, sketching and others, and a computer science degree with a minor in mathematics.

    I have lived in Florida for the last 16 years and have seen first hand the effects of hurricanes. I will continue to further my education and experience and be prepared and on the market for when then next storm comes around. In the mean time I would like to be able to work daily claims to keep an income stream. I am sure that won't be easy at this stage and your suggestions and those from Robby are welcomed.


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    11/26/2010 1:26 PM

    Well one should never assume. You will do fine as a cat. adjuster. Learn 27 and it will give you a jump start if and when you get a call. Daily claims is another animal. If I was in your shoes in Miami I would learn 27 and then knock on doors of restoration contractors who do insurance work and see if you can not get on as a salesperson-estimator. I would then send my CV to the five vendors who work for State Farm and see if they will give you a shot. I think this is the fast path.

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    11/26/2010 4:23 PM
    Thank you Ray. Your suggestions are good and well taken. Its always good to connect with those that know the subject. Thank you.
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