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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Apr 30, 2017

They say attitude is everything, so why do some appraisers seem to have such bad ones?  Dustin explores the challenges facing today's valuation professionals and how choice plays a part in success.  

Apr 26, 2017

Running a business is hard, but sometimes the most obvious things are overlooked by us.  Those small things can make all the difference in our success.  

Apr 23, 2017

Mark is a colorful guy and it is always a pleasure to have him on.  Today, he sounds off on AMCs, fees, and some of the other problems he sees with the appraisal profession.  

Apr 19, 2017

Here is an app that works in the background.  You never have to remember to hit your triptometer again.

Apr 16, 2017

Murray Berg, long time appraiser and member of the Appraiser Coach's Dream Team Mastermind joins us to tell his story. Guess which famous clown's house he appraised?  

Apr 12, 2017

We spend time in the private domains of individuals.  Sometimes, we see or experience embarrassing things.  What do you do in those situations?  Comment below and let us know what you have seen and what you have done.  

Apr 9, 2017

Tim is back to teach us a little something about Highest and Best Use.  It may be the most important step in the appraisal process.  What is it, how do you do it, and what happens if you do it wrong?

Apr 5, 2017

A few weeks ago, Dustin described his opinion of the perfect appraiser vehicle.  Today, we take a break from the hard hitting stuff to talk about how to organize a vehicle to be as efficient as possible in the appraisal field.  Please share your ideas below.  

Apr 2, 2017

We are all, hopefully, on the watch for identity fraud, but are our appraisal reports considered 'intellectual property?'  Should we be copyrighting our reports?

Mar 29, 2017

There is a proposal to raise the deminimus requirements for appraisals in the commercial world from $250,000 to $400,000.  The AI is against it.  Full Story Here:

Mar 26, 2017

The AQB is out with its 3rd exposure draft.  It is looking more and more like the four year college degree is going to go away, but what is going to replace it?  Can an appraiser really get certified without a mentor?  We have Isaac Peck from WorkingRE here to talk about it.  His article on the subject can be found here:

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Email: or mail to: Appraiser Qualifications Board, The Appraisal Foundation, 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1111, Washington, DC 20005 before May 12.  

Mar 22, 2017

Have one-off tasks that need to get done, but you do not want to hire someone full or part time to do it?  Introducing a great service Dustin uses called  

Mar 19, 2017

Every once in a while, Dustin slows down to catch up on listener mail.  Today is that day.  If you have any questions or comments for Dustin, please email him at

Mar 15, 2017

A few weeks ago, Dustin tacked the question of whether or not an unintended user should be able to file a state board complaint.  Today, he picks up on whether or not a borrower should be able to sue an appraiser.  The answer may surprise and delight you.

Mar 12, 2017

Jake Hamilton, Veteran and Licensed appraiser joins us to talk about his story.  Wait till you hear about appraising the wrong house... twice! 

Mar 8, 2017

You understand the Law of Delegation.  If you want to work smarter, you find others to help you, but how does it work in reality?  Sometimes the boots-on-the-ground application can be difficult.  Listen as Dustin shares a few principles to consider as you apply delegation within your office.  

Mar 5, 2017

Tim is back with us to help us understand what a misleading appraisal report may or may not be.  You might be surprised.  

Mar 3, 2017

All Star Team members have always had access to a full-eight page newsletter (called "The Playbook" each month.  Whether they chose the digital or hardcopy versions, it has always been something they have had to sit down and read.  Well, for busy appraisers who spend a lot of time in their cars, the audio version is now here.  Take it with you as you travel to and from appraisal inspections or while you work in the office.  Now, you can get all of the great content on how to be more successful as an appraisal business owner in your earbuds.  

Mar 1, 2017

What is the best vehicle for appraisal inspections?  Dustin explores three principles to consider using a recent purchase he made as a springboard.  Even if you are not currently in need of a new vehicle, this episode is worth a listen.  It  might change your mind.  

Feb 26, 2017

He claims to have "kissed the Blarney Stone" twice.  Originally from Ireland, but mostly raised in Boston and Maine, Joe now makes his home in South Carolina.  You will enjoy hearing about how he built a business of 10 appraisers and is now back down to just himself.  

Feb 22, 2017

Do you have the same problem Dustin encounters; being relied upon too much around the office?  Don't you just wish your employees would do more things on their own?  Perhaps this little acronym might help; WWYD

Feb 19, 2017

Fannie Mae made an announcement recently concerning unsupervised inspections by trainees. Actually, it was not a new announcement, but a clarification. What does this mean for the appraisal profession moving forward? Craig Morley is here to walk us through it. 

Feb 15, 2017

What a way to celebrate the 200 episode of the Appraiser Coach Podcast; with an episode about crap.  Well, as the saying goes, "Crap Happens," but how do you handle those days that are just, well, crappy?

Feb 12, 2017

Picking up where we left off last time, Brian Mathews helps us get a better understanding of USPAP and why we do the things we do as appraisers.

Feb 8, 2017

Dustin gets emails weekly from individuals who want to become an appraiser, but cannot find a mentor.  If you are in that boat, listen up while Dustin gives you a few tips.  

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