Appraiser Professionalism

Be a Forward-Thinking Business Owner

As I teach my business model to individuals across the country, I somewhat frequently encounter appraisers who are offended by my methods for whatever reason. Those who hear me talk about my business model briefly, sometimes think that I am cutting corners and as a result either being. unethical or sloppy. The truth is, technology […]

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Make a Difference in Your Appraisal Business Now

The majority of the business principles that I teach are not a quick fix. They cannot be quickly implemented and then immediately begin yielding positive results. It took me a long time to get my business to where it is now, and I am still, constantly improving it. The truth is, while I hope to

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Protecting Against Embezzlement in Appraisal Office Delegation

Many of you know my method when it comes to delegating in my appraisal business and even in my personal life. I first know what I am worth per hour; meaning, I know how much I can make per hour. I will then delegate anything that I can pay someone else less to do. For

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Hire Slowly and Fire Quickly

As part of your appraisal business, how slowly should your hire?  How quickly should you fire? Since we are human, we tend not to look at hiring someone to fill an important position until we are so inundated with work, so far behind the eight-ball as it were, that we make the position of hiring

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Practice Essentialism in Appraising

In both your appraisal business, as well as your life, are you focused on the fluff and the crap?  Do you major in minors? Or, do you focus on, do you accentuate, do you prioritize the positive, the important, the relevant? Essentialism by Greg McKeowan is well worth your time and effort. It’s a great

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COD At The Door?

In the past, it was common for appraisers to collect their fees directly from the borrower at the time of the property visit (i.e., at the door).  I would take credit cards, checks, or cash while at the door. Many years ago, this was common. Now, however, that rarely happens and we usually have to

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The Appraiser Gap Between Where We Are & Where We Want to Be

We appraisers must make decisions every day.  However, sometimes taking that step is really difficult.  I can’t take away the difficulty and discomfort inherent in making a decision, but this blog just may help you to understand that discomfort between having to make that a decision and having made that decision, is really a time

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Inspections Can Sometimes Be Embarrassing

Inspections can occasionally get embarrassing, right?  It happens to all of us. That’s just part of the appraisal business.  But that does not make things any easier or less embarrassing, does it.  Let me tell you three stories. First is the house with the unique basement.  It’s your typical single-family residence on the ground floor;

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Keep Your Appraisal Vehicle Organized

Since we spend so much time in them, let’s talk about your appraisal vehicle.  How organized is it? Does it make you more efficient? Does it help you create value for others? Is it an appraisal tool, or just another thing that’s part of your stuff?   Let’s start with your computer bag.  What’s that?

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