Wednesday , 20 February 2019

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.

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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Ten Mobile Apps for Appraisers

Like many of you, I carry a smartphone wherever I go.  I happen to be partial to Apple, but I have also used Android with success.  In today’s world, smartphone technology is almost essential for a highly productive appraiser.  In addition to phone calls, a smartphone can make your life much easier with the use of applications (apps) designed to …

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Is Technology Making it Easier or Harder to do Your Job?

One of my passions is helping my fellow appraisers save time and make things more efficient for their appraisal flow.  As a fee appraiser, I realize that time does indeed equal money.  If I can complete an appraisal faster (without cutting quality), I can do more appraisals over time, and make more money than my competition, without cutting fees.  Saving a …

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What Does Your Appraisal Business Look Like in Three Years?

If I were to ask you to paint an accurate picture of what your appraisal business looks like three years from today, could you do it?  If you can’t answer this question, perhaps you are getting hung up on the word “accurate”.  Any individual can guess what the future might look like, but can you make that prediction with some …

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Appraisal Fees Do Not Tell The Whole Story

If you are on social media platforms where appraisers hang out for any length of time, you are bound to see a version of the following, on a regular basis: “I was just offered $275 to do a full appraisal in my hometown. Before I had time to email the AMC and tell them how ridiculous a fee like that …

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Don’t Get Lost Walking Down Memory Lane

Why keeping excellent records can help improve your appraisal business For most of my teenage and young-adult life, I kept a journal. Yeah, I was a nerd. I guess it was cathartic to me; a way to unwind from the day and reflect on what I had or had not accomplished. Recently, I pulled out a few of those journals …

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How much have the FHA requirements changed?

By now, you have heard that the FHA requirements for residential appraisers are soon changing.  This has caused some real consternation among appraisers across the fruited plain.  Rumors have formulated and appraisers are prepared for the worst.  I just finished a 7-hour course on the new HUD changes and my advice is simple; chill out! First of all, let me make …

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By the Seat of our Pants

As business owners, we ought to be constantly asking questions. What is working what is not? Where should my focus be? However, if the answer to any of the following questions is, “by the seat of my pants,” it might be time to reevaluate the way you run your appraisal business: How do you determine fee quotes? How do you …

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