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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Jan 15, 2017

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.  

Jan 11, 2017

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.  

Jan 8, 2017

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



Jan 4, 2017

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.  

Jan 1, 2017

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.  

Dec 28, 2016

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?  

Dec 25, 2016

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.  

Dec 21, 2016

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.  

Dec 18, 2016

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.  

Dec 14, 2016

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.  

Dec 11, 2016

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.  

Dec 7, 2016

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.

Dec 4, 2016

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.   

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?

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