Meet Brendan Campbell from Boston, Mass. Brendan is a colorful guy with a lot to say about the future of appraising and a dog bite to boot.
Dustin often gets the criticism that when you delegate to others, your quality goes down. Today, Dustin refutes those claims and shows how the exact opposite happens.
Dave Towne, our friend from Washington State, joins Dustin again to discuss a few ideas on how appraisers might improve the quality of their reports. Some of these you will want to employ and others will have no appeal to you, but all should at least consider these. If you want to get Dave's emails, send your name and state of residence to email@example.com
Dustin often refers to Tier I employees, Tier II employees, and Tier III employees. What does he mean by that? Today, Dustin explains the terms and describes a bit more about how his office works.
Tim Andersen joins us again for a look at the current state of the appraisal profession. He makes some important observations and gives us some opinion on what the next generation of appraisers (including current appraisers) needs to learn and employ.
Recently, Dustin had a complaint waged against him. The complaint came from a disgruntled borrower and had to do with them not liking the value. Should a state board take these types of complaints seriously?
Today, we are again joined by Lamar Ellis from Atlanta, GA today. Lamar is an appraiser and a drone enthusiast. Let's talk more about how drones and appraisal work go together.
In our first ever Videosode, Dustin shows you what it is like to appraise in rural Idaho in the winter. Some places are just not accessible by four-wheeled vehicles. Today, Dustin uses the fine art of snowshoeing to get to his subject property. What unique things do you do to get to properties? Please comment below.
We are joined by Lamar Ellis from Atlanta, GA today. Lamar is an appraiser and a drone enthusiast. Drones are becoming more and more popular for all kinds of things... including appraisal.
Most appraisers are not big operations. Finding a phone system that will make your business sound professional, but will not cost you an arm and a leg can be a difficult venture. Today, Dustin explores some options.
Let's talk to some of the appraisal vendors at the 2016 Vegas Valuation Expo. Here is some of what you missed, but can look forward to for next year.
They are angry. They are old school. They eat their own. They are appraisersauruses and you should not be one. Today, Dustin takes on some of his toughest critics.
An unusual pair team up with Dustin to discuss the problem plaguing our future; the plight of the trainee. Tim Forsythe and Michael Simmons explain the problem and what they are doing about it.
After Episode 175, Don wrote in with a question; how can he start to change his appraisal business for the better right now? Today, Dustin gives some practical ways you can begin saving time and making more money as an appraiser.
What is it like to participate in the biggest valuation professionals conference in the world? Let's hear from a few participants.
At the Valuation Expo 2016, Dustin sat down with Joan Trice (Alterra Group) to talk about the future of appraising. As head of the CRN, she is in a unique position to hear from the movers and shakers of our profession and where it is headed.
Dustin is constantly being contacted by appraisers who are struggling to find any time to even have a life anymore. A better life is possible. Dustin's appraisal business is set up so he can have as much freedom as possible. Here is what it looks like.
Staying in constant contact with the appraisal office is important to not only the day to day routine, but in order to keep things flowing productively. Today, Dustin discusses why communication is so essential and gives a few tips on how to better keep in contact with your employees and the office environment.
Nancy Vischer is from the land of 10,000 lakes and has a crazy story to tell about how she got from where she was to owning an appraisal business as a Certified Residential. Plus, she is fun to listen to.
Dustin is big on technology, but what if that tech is doing you a disservice? Do some appraisers rely too much on the computer and not enough on their own brains?
There are some BIG changes proposed for the way appraisers are trained and obtain their license and certifications. Right now, the proposals are in the comment period. Listen as Isaac Peck from WorkingRE Magazine gets us up to date and then sound off:
Employees need to feel like they are well taken care of. That does not have to cost a lot to the employer. Here are a few ideas.
It is one of the most common questions Dustin gets; how to find, hire, and use Virtual Assistants in an appraisal office. Today, Dustin has Roy Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the program to walk us through every aspect of both Virtual Assistants and Virtual Contractors.
Often forgotten, but essential for ongoing relationships and protection as an employer are the regular employee interviews. Let's talk about why they are so important, how to have them, and how often.
Our appraisal training process is established on the principle of mentors. We find and become educated under the tutelage of good teachers. But what do we do to become more intelligent business owners? Dustin is a coach of appraisers, but also has a mentor. Though he runs mastermind groups, he also belongs to other groups. Why is having a coach so essential to success?