The Appraiser Coach Podcast

Listen while you drive to and from appraisal inspections as Dustin Harris, The Appraiser Coach, gives you helpful tips, tricks, ideas, and principles which will make you a better appraisal business owner. Dustin has been a successful real estate appraiser for many years. As the Appraiser Coach, he has made it his life's mission to teach other appraisers across the country to also succeed and thrive as real estate appraisal business owners. Join Dustin each week as he keeps you informed with the latest in the appraisal profession, interviews movers and shakers, talks to your peers about what is important to them, and shares with you his secrets to incredible success.
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Aug 28, 2016

Michael Simmons is a leader in the appraisal profession.  As Co-founder and Co-President of Axis AMC, he is in a perfect position to see where the industry is headed.  Are we about to see more clients allowing trainees to inspect real estate without the supervisor present?  US Bank is leading the way and it appears Wells Fargo and Quicken may be poised to follow.  This is big news.  

Aug 24, 2016

Dustin is big on technology (especially on being mobile).  He is often asked which tablet or smartphone is the best.  Today he answers that question.  

Aug 21, 2016

Tim Andersen is an appraiser, but more importantly he is a teacher.  He is personally involved in the political scene and his here to show us why we should be too.  

Aug 17, 2016

An appraiser inspects the subject.  An appraiser chooses comparables.  An appraiser makes adjustments.  An appraiser reconciles the report.  Right?  What if an appraiser did not make adjustments?  Would it change the outcome?  How accurate would appraisals be without the adjustments?  Can you support your adjustments?  I mean REALLY support your adjustments?  

Aug 14, 2016

Jerin has an interesting outlook on where the appraisal profession may be headed, and you do not want to miss his story of the farmer and the ATV.  Hint:  It involves a gun.  

Aug 10, 2016

What is the future of Dodd-Frank?  Will it matter who gets elected to the Presidency?  Dustin sits down with the Honorable Robert Erlich, former Governor of the State of Maryland to discuss where things are headed and how they impact appraisers.  Stay tuned to the end as he gives some sound advice to appraisers who are also parents.  

Aug 7, 2016

Didn't make it to the 2016 Valuation Expo in Baltimore, MD, but want to get a taste for who was there?  Take a few minutes and be introduced (or reintroduced) to the numerous companies who were represented.  

Aug 3, 2016

Ernie is always an interesting character to talk to.  He has some insightful comments about the current state of the appraisal profession and what we should be doing to attract new people into the valuation space.  

Jul 31, 2016

It is quite possible that real estate appraisers put their lives at risk every day when we take comp photos; and for what?  With today's technology, it is really still necessary for appraisers to take live photos of comparable sales and risk being chased down, threatened, or even harmed by a home owner?  What will it take before Fannie and Freddie and the rest see the danger in this activity?  Mark joins Dustin to discuss.  #AppraiserLivesMatter #NoMoreCompPhotos

Jul 27, 2016

Gerry sits down with us at the Valuation Expo to tell why appraising for the Veteran's Administration is different than working with other lenders.  Also, he reveals how to do it.   

Jul 24, 2016

The Appraiser Coach was live and on the floor of the 2016 Valuation Expo in Baltimore, Maryland.  Listen in as your fellow appraisers from all over the country talk about what the Val Expo is all about.  Spirits among appraisers are not low... at least not those who attended this year's Expo.  

Jul 20, 2016

There were some changes this year at the Valuation Expo.  Who better to find out about them and where things are headed in the future than to talk to Joan and Steve who head this all up.  

Jul 17, 2016

Many appraisers are running small, 1-2 person, shops.  Some appraisers want to grow their businesses again.  Craig is an example of an appraiser who has done just that.  

Jul 13, 2016

Dustin just finished a great book by Greg McKeown called Essentialism.  It is about what you might guess, given the title; the essentials.  We spend a great deal of our day dealing with stuff (physical and mental) that really does not matter.  This book teaches how to recognize it and focus on what is truly important.  

Jul 10, 2016

In Episode 059, Rob Bodkin shared with us a bit about his life's journey and how he loved being a staff appraiser.  Well, Rob is now back to fee appraising.  Why?  What happened and what was the transition like?  

Jul 6, 2016

What do two types of fertilizer/weed killer have to do with appraisals?  Not much, but they have everything to do with running a successful appraisal office.  

Jun 29, 2016

It is a common mistake appraisal business owners make; they hire the best, train them well, and then leave them alone.  No matter how good your employees and contractors are, this is a recipe for disaster.  In this episode, Dustin gives some helpful tips on how you can stay in touch with your appraisal staff and keep your business running smoothly.  

Jun 26, 2016

Craig is not your typical appraiser.  He has two branches and is looking to add a third.  He is a professional in every sense of the word and is heavily involved in making the appraisal profession a better place.  Every appraiser who is interested in growth should listen to this episode.  

Jun 22, 2016

When you find something that works, it is easy to slip into a mindset that is unfair.  You start to think it works without trial and error and that it works the same for everyone.  Dustin does his best to teach true principles, but sometimes forgets that it does not happen overnight.  

Jun 19, 2016

What is it like to appraise in the Great White North?  Leigh shares some crazy stories and why appraising in Canada is different than in the US.  

Jun 15, 2016

What does it mean to have integrity?  How can we better do what we say we will do as appraisers?  

Jun 12, 2016

Sometimes we don't know what we don't know.  For appraisers who do work for Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs), it is important to understand what their role really is.  John Dingeman, Chief Appraiser at Landmark ( joins us to explain.  John was an independent fee appraiser before he worked for an AMC and helps answer the hard questions.  

Jun 8, 2016

Sometimes it is easy to slip into a mode where all we think about is lender work.  Well, we are valuation professionals and there is a whole world of other products out there that we can (and should) be doing.  

Jun 6, 2016

Episode 089 Carrying a Firearm on Appraisal Inspections generated more traffic than any other episode.  There was a also a lot of buzz online about that topic.  The biggest criticism surrounded whether or not an appraiser had the right to carry a firearm in another person's house without permission.  It is an interesting question.  Chris was kind enough to join us and give his perspective.  

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