Let me begin by saying that, personally, I like to believe that I am more than capable of defining, planning, and reaching my goals all by myself. I’m pretty smart, pretty knowledgeable, and pretty driven, and I don’t like other people telling me what to do. If I wanted someone standing over me, watching and judging my performance, I’d have a job instead of a business.

When the real estate market was hot, finding lots of good comparable sales was as easy as falling off a log.

When there were lots of sales happening, and lots of those sales were the kind we need when we’re trying to set the after-repaired value of a property (that is, they were fixed-up properties selling to homeowners), it was simple enough to …