Tuesday , 18 December 2018

Dustin Harris

Dustin Harris
Dustin Harris is a successful, self-employed, residential real estate appraiser. He has been appraising for nearly two decades. He is the owner and President of Appraisal Precision and Consulting Group, Inc., and is a popular author, speaker and consultant. He also owns and operates The Appraiser Coach where he personally advises and mentors other appraisers helping them to also run successful appraisal companies and increase their net worth. His free podcast can be listened to on iTunes and Stitcher. He and his wife reside in Idaho with their four children. He loves playing in the outdoors and watching movies indoors.

Nine Quick Tricks for Better Mobile Appraising

This article was originally posted here. For additional articles by Dustin Harris visit his website. There are still a few hold outs who insist that a clipboard and pencil trump a tablet or smartphone in the field. The following information is not to convince you to go mobile (I have many previous articles on that subject), but if you are …

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So, You Want To Be A Real Estate Appraiser

This article was originally posted here. For additional articles by Dustin Harris visit his website. On a regular basis, I receive messages from individuals who want to become real estate appraisers. After finding my website, they reach out to me – sometimes in desperation – for advice or leads to help them achieve their goals. Here is an example (used …

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DIY Business

This article was originally published in the Second Edition Spring 2016 Appraisal Buzz Magazine. It is one thing to be the best appraiser in your area. It is quite another to simultaneously run a successful business. So, how does one wear the two crucial hats of both technician and CEO effectively? Here are five steps to correctly build and maintain a …

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Never Had a Raise in 20 Years?

I hear it from various appraisers all the time, “We have not had a raise in 20 years! We are being paid the same amount per appraisal now as we were when I first started in this business.” The funny thing is that it is said as if appraisers have no ability to control their own prices. Ever hear of …

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Getting the Appraisal Fees You Are Owed

It seems like every few months there is news of another AMC shutting its doors and leaving appraisers unpaid for their appraisal services. I recently heard of yet another one in Washington State. Every time it happens, I send a frantic note to my office staff that sounds something like, “Will you check our database to see if this company …

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A Well Oiled Appraisal Machine

Procedures and methodologies that allow for better efficiencies in the appraisal office are important. As a business owner, understanding time equals money is crucial. Anything that can improve the ability to do more with less (even in small doses) will pay off in the long run. Here are three suggestions to consider when setting up and maintaining a well oiled …

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Cheapest is Not Usually Bestest

I have a small, single-family rental property.  Recently, the house was vacant and in need of some flooring work. A home inspector once gave me some sage advice.  “If you aren’t familiar with the potential companies you want to hire, always get at least three bids,” he counseled, “then, go with the middle one.  That way, you do not pay …

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Seven Myths About Alternative Appraisal Valuations

We are hearing more and more about alternative valuation products such as desktop or computer assisted valuations, or “evalutions”.  It seems to be a taboo subject among appraisers, but we needn’t be fearful.  Here are seven common myths surrounding the subject of alternative valuation products: They are Not USPAP Compliant Actually, this is not a myth.  It is a fact. …

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