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.

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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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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