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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What does it mean to have integrity? How can we better do what we say we will do as appraisers?
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 (www.landmarknetwork.com) joins us to explain. John was an independent fee appraiser before he worked for an AMC and helps answer the hard questions.
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.
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.
You have done the inspection. You know there are items that need to be repaired? Do you tell the borrower at the time of the inspection, or wait till the lender calls for it?
What is the SRA designation from AI? What does it take to get your SRA? Is it worth it? You might be surprised when you hear from Woody how it has changed his financial situation.
Our job is so fun. We often get asked the craziest things. How do you respond when someone asks you a stupid question?
Mark is an interesting character. Find out what happens when he walked past the "No Trespassing" sign to get a comp picture.
The Tidewater Initiative is a VA-specific program that Dustin believes should be considered and adopted by other clients.
Dave is a Certified General, but gets most of his work through the residential side. Have you ever been charged by a herd of cattle while doing an inspection? Dave has.
Today we take three questions which are all centered on how Dustin runs his office.
Ashley Hammond of the Appraisal Buzz joins us to share some exciting news about the 2016 Valuation Expo! In addition to her surprise, Dustin will be broadcasting the podcast from the vendor floor and there is a full, 20% OFF discount if you use "Coach" at checkout. You can reach her at 443-944-0897
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Don't you just hate those mass emails that go out to appraisers and the first one to grab it gets the order? Well, like them or not, they are a reality. How to you play in that sandbox? Should you play in that sandbox. Dustin has a few ideas.
Ernie is the epitome of "Chicago Southside" and is here to tell us what it is like to be an appraiser who splits his time between commercial and residential. You will love the story he tells about Bachelor's Grove Cemetery. Here is the link if you want to know more about this haunted place:
What is appraising like outside the United States? What about appraising in a third world country like Belize? Dustin recently took a "research" trip to Belize to find out. Spoiler Alert: It is much different than appraising in the US.
Where is this profession headed? What are the barriers to entry doing for the future of appraising? David Brauner, Publisher of WorkingRE Magazine, joins us with a survey taken by over 3,500 appraisers across the country to help answer these questions. Some of the answers may surprise you. You can get the survey in the link below and it is not too late to participate and make sure your voice is heard.