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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Nov 30, 2016

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.  

Nov 27, 2016

What is it like to participate in the biggest valuation professionals conference in the world?  Let's hear from a few participants.  

Nov 23, 2016

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.  

Nov 20, 2016

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.  

Nov 16, 2016

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.  

Nov 13, 2016

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.  

Nov 9, 2016

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?  

Nov 6, 2016

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:
Appraisers are encouraged to submit their (concise and considered) comments to the AQB before the November 18, 2016 deadline: Email: or mail to: Appraiser Qualifications Board, The Appraisal Foundation, 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1111, Washington, DC 20005.
Nov 2, 2016

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.  

Oct 30, 2016

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 ( on the program to walk us through every aspect of both Virtual Assistants and Virtual Contractors.  

Oct 26, 2016

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.

Oct 23, 2016

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?

Oct 19, 2016

We all carry smartphones.  Time to whip them out and use them for more than apps and phone calls.  What can taking short video clips on your inspections do for your business?  

Oct 16, 2016

Reconciliation is sometimes taken for granted, but it may be the most important part of the write up.  

Oct 12, 2016

Ashley Hammond is here to tell us what we can expect from the upcoming Val Expo in Las Vegas.  The Expo will be November 10-12 on the Famous Las Vegas Strip. Go to

for more information.  Use "Coach" at checkout for 20% off your purchase.  

Oct 9, 2016

Is your appraisal business ready for whatever comes its way?  Will your office function without you?  Are you ready for retirement or other future events?  Dustin explores all of these issues today.  

Oct 5, 2016

You can now find The Appraiser Coach Podcast on YouTube at

Subscribe now and never miss an episode.  In this episode, Dustin lays out why he has added YouTube as an option and what the difference is between the Video and the Audio versions.  

Oct 2, 2016

What is the history of the Appraisal Summit?  Dustin sits down with several of the movers and shakers of this annual conference to find out where it came from and what makes it unique.  

Sep 28, 2016

If you are asked by a client to appraise more than one parcel at the same time, do you have to do two separate appraisals, or can you combine them?  The answer is, "It depends."  

Sep 25, 2016

There are many reasons to come to the Appraisal Summit and Expo, but a big one is all of the booths in one place.  There are software vendors, AMCs, E&O Providers, and many other interesting offerings.  In this episode, Dustin gives a sampling of what companies were in Vegas this year.  

Sep 21, 2016

Dustin has been pushing appraisal blogs for years.  If you want to be  known as the expert in your area, blogging is where to start.  Gary Kristensen from Portland OR is another success story in blogging.  Listen in as he gives some helpful tips to appraisers who want to blog, but have not yet started.  

Sep 18, 2016

Ever wanted to go to the Appraisal Summit and Expo, but not yet been?  What is it all about?  Is it worth the trip?  Listen in as the participants explain what it is all about.  

Sep 14, 2016

Sometimes that perfect employee just does not work out.  When that happens, it is time to let them go.  Do not hesitate.  Waiting will only cost you money and even cause you more heartache in the long run.  

Sep 11, 2016

In Episode 152, we talked about the why of Hiring Slow and Firing Fast.  Today, Dustin dives deep into the how of Hiring Slow.  What process does Dustin follow when he hires help in his appraisal office?  If you want to hire the right people for the job, this is an episode you must listen to

Sep 7, 2016

Dustin is BIG on the law of delegation.  If he can pay someone less per hour to do something than he makes, he will do it.  What about money?  Does Dustin open his own mail and run to the bank by himself?  

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