Who is Dustin Harris?
How did Dustin become The Appraiser Coach? Dustin grew up in a small, rural community in Southeast Idaho. His father was in real estate and suffered some major, financial setbacks during the housing crisis of the 80′s. Dustin saw the struggling of his family during that time and vowed he would NEVER go into real estate!
Fast forward to college days….Dustin was now a young, newly married and starving student. In his mind, he had two choices; he could continue to work at a minimum wage hole with the rest of his peers, or he could become a business owner. But, what to do…..what to do. “Daddy!”
Dustin officially began his appraisal career in the mid-90′s. Like many other small business owners, he struggled. Starting a business from scratch is never an easy venture…especially for one who had never done it before. Consequently, he worked more than one job, while going to school, and starting his family. In his wife’s words, “He was never home!”
His father was a wonderful mentor, but he lived in another state. We will skip all the boring details (because most of you can relate with your own stories). Approximately a decade later, Dustin’s business was going well. OK, he was still working two jobs, but he had clients and was bringing in an income.
2004. Dustin is a school teacher by day and an appraiser by evening. The day begins at 6:00 AM. After a quick shower and breakfast, it is off to teach the philosophies of men to the youth of America. At 4:00 PM, Dustin clocks out, jumps in his truck, and speeds 35 miles south to make an appraisal inspection appointment. It is late winter and the sun goes down early in Idaho. He needs to make it before dark in order for his pictures to turn out. On the way, he has his cell phone to his left ear. On the line is the county assessors office. Naturally, he is gathering the data needed for the appraisal assignment he is on. In his right hand is a pen for jotting down the parcel number, lot size, age, etc. of the home. The steering wheel? Oh, that is being held by his left knee. The snow is almost melted in Idaho, but there are still a few patches of ice left on the ground. Well, let's just say he spent that evening picking glass out of his forehead rather than inspecting houses.
Ten years worth of building a business and this is what he had to show for it. Just over $100,000 a year (and that included a $38,000 teacher’s salary). It was time to make a change. After much discussion with the wife, it was decided that Dustin would retire from teaching and try to make a go of the appraisal business full-time. Just a few years later, Dustin Harris was grossing over $500,000 a year as an appraiser!
What changed? How does a small business owner go from middle-class to being in the top 2% of income owners in the world in two years? The answers to that question are why Dustin Harris is now THE APPRAISER COACH!
As a mentor, Dustin found that there were many systems his clients wanted to implement, but did not have the ability to do so as quickly as they would like. It was through this process that YOUR APPRAISAL OFFICE was born.
Your Appraisal Office is the answer to the busy appraisal executive who does not have time for menial tasks such as answering the phones, sorting through email, updating clients, gathering data sheets, preparing appraisal reports and more.
Your Appraisal Office is a virtual office of highly trained professionals who intimately understand the real estate appraisal business. They treat all clients and contacts with respect and run the office the way an office should be run!
Dustin makes sure they are not just another data-entry company. Your Appraisal Office has replaced many appraisal receptionists, high office building costs, and appraiser’s sanity! It has been very helpful in allowing the appraiser small business owner to expand without the typical costs that attend such a venture.
Dustin Harris and his
wife reside in Idaho with their four children.
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