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 27, 2016

We spend a lot of time doing nothing.  What are you doing to improve your life, relationships, and business as you travel down the road?  Here are a few ideas.  Podcasts mentioned on this episode are as follows:

This American Life
Stuff You Should Know
You are Not So Smart
Radio West
Sexy Marriage Radio
Radio Lab

What are your favorites?

Jan 24, 2016

There has been a lot of talk in the national media lately about guns.  Today, we have two appraisers on the program who both choose to carry a firearm on appraisal inspections for personal protection.  Mike and Lisa join us to discuss why they choose to protect themselves by carrying a concealed weapon.  

Jan 20, 2016

For all the talk Dustin gives about the importance of technology and going paperless, learn why he just cannot give up his Post-it Notes (and maybe you hold the key to helping him break this nasty habit).  

Jan 17, 2016

What is the difference between a regular assumption and an extraordinary assumption?  Did you know Fannie Mae does not allow EAs?  Bob Keith takes us through the world of what can and cannot be assumed without marking that little box at the bottom of page 2.  

Jan 13, 2016

Of all the things the Appraiser Coach teaches, the Law of Delegation is the most critical, yet also the most challenging for appraisers to embrace.  Off-Shouldering (allowing others to do stuff for you so you can do other stuff) is the biggest key to business growth.  

Jan 10, 2016

What is it like to be both an appraiser and a FEMA disaster inspector?  Ever been hit on by a swinger?  Welcome to Johanna's world.  

Jan 6, 2016

Why does Dustin post his actual tax returns on the website?  Sometimes there is a bit of confusion as to what they mean.  Dustin tries to clear all of that up today.  

Jan 3, 2016

TRID has been in place since Oct 3, 2015.  How is it playing out in the appraisal world?  Woody is here to explain what is going on.  

Dec 30, 2015

For several years, Dustin has not set New Year's Resolutions precisely because they statistically do not work.  Here is a better way.  

Dec 27, 2015

You probably hate the MC Addendum, but do you dislike it as much as Dave?  Listen in as we discuss the common mistakes appraisers are making with the MC Addendum.  Our discussions centers around this WorkingRE article:

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Dec 23, 2015

Merry Christmas to all.  Remember to take some time to be with your families and loved ones during this season.  

Dec 20, 2015

Jacob began appraising with his Father in Law many years ago and together they have a booming business in Northern California.  Wait till you hear about the most disturbing thing that has ever happened to him as an appraiser.  

Dec 16, 2015

"Back in my day...."  How many of you remember the days of 35 mm cameras and no MLS?  Take a walk back in time with an appraiser.  

Dec 13, 2015

It is a common problem among appraisers; burnout.  We all get depressed and down in the dumps sometimes.  Ann is here to help us cheer up a bit with some great advice on how to look at your business and remain hopeful.  

Dec 9, 2015

What if an appraiser spends an entire career building up a successful appraisal business only to get disabled and be unable to fill the role of the inspector?  Does the ADA allow such an appraiser to hire another person to inspect vicariously?  

Dec 6, 2015

Ernie Durbin in about as expert in valuation as anyone.  Today, he talks to us about Alternative Valuation Products (desktops and other such work products).  These are becoming more and more prominent.  Should more appraisers be considering these types of services?  Here are the articles Ernie mentions:


Stephanie Coleman's article is attached.  

Dec 2, 2015

One of the mistakes many appraisers make is bidding an appraisal based on the job as a unit rather than the time and effort that might go into it.  Strangely, we are one of the few professions that look at our work that way.  Instead, we should judge what we do based on a per hour basis.  But, how do you properly bid a job to know you are well compensated before you even begin.  There is a proven trick we can utilize.  

Nov 29, 2015

It's another Appraiser Story episode.  Today, we talk with Pam Herre from Colorado.  

Nov 25, 2015

I get asked frequently how a one-person appraisal office takes it up a notch and brings on employees.  It is a process with a lot on the line.  Listen in as Dustin gives a few helpful tips on how to do it right.  For more, in-depth information on how to hire right, consider the Go Create Some Value Workshop:  

Nov 22, 2015

Another appraiser stories with a pharmacist turned appraiser.  This guy has been doing this a long time.  Take a listen to some great wisdom from an experienced appraiser.  

Nov 18, 2015

Is a full email inbox driving you crazy?  Dustin shares a few tips and trick on how to clear it out and get your piece of mind back again.  

Nov 15, 2015

Can you be successful without a college degree?  Brianne tells us a little bit about how she made it work and shares some unique things about appraising in a very rural market.  

Nov 11, 2015

Human beings (including appraisers) are constantly living between two extremes.  Our shortcomings often come when we try to 'close the gap' prematurely.  Sometimes, life between the extremes is where the growth takes place.  

Nov 8, 2015

Another in our Appraiser Stories series.  Dave Morris is an appraiser and surfer-dude from San Diego.  Listen as he tells about the time he was inspecting a house and the cops showed up.  

Nov 4, 2015

I was recently asked by a fellow-appraiser if I actually did the things I suggest to others.  It is a great question.  The HONEST answer is in this episode.  

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