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.

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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You are Not Valuing Property

Everyone has had the experience of meeting new people who know nothing about you in the neighborhood or at a cocktail party. Inevitably conversation will turn to discussing each other’s jobs. How do most of you handle this? Here is how it usually goes for me…. Q: What do you do for a living? A: I am a real estate …

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An Appraisal is not THE Opinion of Value

Some of you are going to need to hang up your ego hats for this one. You know who you are. I see you hanging out on the online appraisal forums. You are the ones who do not just have an opinion, but THE opinion. Don’t worry, I will let you put it back on before I am done. As …

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A Customary and Reasonable Dress

Not since the Clinton era has one dress caused so much controversy. I know many of you are tired of the social-media hype centered around the color of the dress, but I actually find it fascinating. The dress is ‘obviously’ white and gold, but I am awestruck that others can look at the same picture and see black and blue. …

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Collateral Underwriting and Bigfoot

Let’s say you are a scientist studying, oh I don’t know…Sasquatch.  Due to the countless hours you have spent researching the topic, you are considered somewhat of an expert.  People look up to you for the academic and scholastic approach you take to the subject.  Due to the controversial nature of Bigfoot research, you are very careful to fully document …

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