An Appraiser’s Thanksgiving

Today, I am grateful for a career which allows me so much freedom. I get to choose my own hours, and I have a lot of control over how busy I want to be. When my children have a piano recital, a gym practice, or a science fair in the middle of the day, I do not have to grovel to a boss to get permission or take a pay cut to attend. If I want to take one (or more) of my kids with me to work, I do not have to wait for “Take Your Kid to Work Day” to do it.

Today, I am grateful for a ‘job’ that I love. I get to peek in people’s closets, know some of the more intimate areas of their home, see how people really live, and I get paid for it. My work is interesting and there is never a dull moment  I live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. I get to drive through mountains and trees, past rivers and lakes, and witness wildlife and amazing scenery every day. I love technology and get to spend a good deal of my day on a computer or playing with a smartphone, iPad, and laser measuring device. How cool is that?

Today, I am grateful for wonderful employees. I have two of the best assistants the world has ever known. These individuals are fun to be around,ThanksgivingAppraiser respectful, and are really, really good at what they do. They understand that their job is to make the boss look good and they have fun doing it. I have very few complaints and they are quick to change, if change is needed. I also have several contractors whom I call on regularly. I have never met some of them in person, but they live to serve and are a huge asset to me and my company.

Today, I am grateful for the fact that I am able to make a very good living…post HVCC and Dodd-Frank. We are masters of our own destiny. I am thankful that I have been able to reinvent myself and still do what I love and live a decent lifestyle. I am also thankful to be able to share my talents for teaching others on a regular basis, as I crisscross the nation, advising others on how to be more productive, efficient, and make more money.

Today, I am grateful for a wonderful and supportive family, good friends, and associations that are a blessing to enjoy. My wife is the greatest blessing I have in this life. I have four, wonderful and talented children. Most days, they drive me nuts, but I still love them. I have friends all around (both online and in person) who care for me and serve me in so many ways. I learn something from every person I rub shoulders with daily (and I am able to rub shoulders with quite a few).

Today, I am grateful for life. I choose to focus on the positive. I choose to love my life. I choose to be a thankful real estate appraiser.


Dustin Harris is a super-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. He and his wife reside in Idaho with their four children. He is helplessly addicted to Swedish Fish

10 thoughts on “An Appraiser’s Thanksgiving”

  1. Pingback: An Appraiser’s Thanksgiving | Appraisal Buzz

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Dustin. This has been a challenging year for myself. My sister & partner appraiser has been immobile since June, so I’ve been covering 2 territories ever since.

    I have another sister who was a former RCMP Mountie, the healthiest of the litter, battling colon cancer this year.

    Good health is so taken for granted until it is no longer around and then it’s missed and longed for.

    While I’ve worked harder this year than ever before, to keep a business open, I love my family, and I still enjoy what I do.

    Best wishes to you & family.

  3. Happy thanksgiving!!! You always seem to put things in such a good and positive perspective. But I am definitely thankful for my job, business, and family! Oh yeah and thanks for pushing me to go mobile this year!

  4. I agree wholeheartedly; I love the freedom of being my own boss and being able to accept the assignments I want and turning down those that I don’t want. I never would have survived working in a government job with the petty politics and power egos. Even when there are challenges with unrealistic lender requirements and downturns in the volume of orders God has always provided a solution and a way to weather the storms. So, I am most thankful for God’s provision of my life profession for 35 years, my bride of 31 years, and two great adult children who are doing well in their professions. God is good.

  5. All of the best things in world for which to be thankful. A profession that does not seem to be a job, a healthy and happy family and the ability to play golf four days a week

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