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We made a recent cash offer on a home and I called a couple of appraisers as I wanted to get an appraisal just to verify our offering price in that we have two weeks for inspections to be done where we could back out if we wanted.  I asked to be present for part of the appraisal and the answer was no.  Hey, I realize that appraisers might get pushed to "meet appraisal" by clients but that is not my concern.  Instead I wanted to ask questions such as how have home prices been trending in the area?-- is the area upcoming or have prices been stagnant?  what have you been seeing as far as DOM?   there were two 2014 past sales in the development one at 15% lower in price per square foot that the house we made an offer on and the other about 20%more which is the outlier? ( the lower price one being on a corner lot so how much that affects pricing on similar homes)
I was upfront that I was not looking for the by the books bank appraisal but rather a range (the home you made an offer on is worth between x and y dollars)plus since I am paying them I figure I should be allowed to be present and ask questions but I got excuses such it would be distracting if I was present or they couldn't be objective.   Obviously, I am going to keep looking but is this standard  to not have the client present?  


NO!!!.....this is NOT standard, as a matter of fact, in my opinion, this is unethical and unprofessional and downright rude on this appraisers part. I welcome any Agent and Client to be present. The only thing I ask is to let me get the inspection done, then we can talk. There are countless things I am looking for, and looking at during an inspection, & I need to pay attention to what I am doing. I usually have a bunch of questions myself that I need to have answered.

Your questions are most reasonable AND show that you are a very knowledgeable buyer who is interested in making sure they are making a reasonable purchase.

I hope that you didn't retain this nimrods and found another appraiser who is not so rude. On behalf of professional appraisers like myself, I apologize for your treatment by this appraiser.

John C. Carlson
CA Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
Victorville & Diamond Bar, CA

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Any questions regarding commercial and/or residential appraising, appraisals or real estate valuation such as: appraising as a profession, valuation techniques, comparable sales selection & analysis, the new HVCC and how it affects appraisers & Borrowers. Also, questions like: "Why did my appraisal come in low & what can I do about it?" I cannot answer questions about comparable data in areas in which I do not practice. I have expertise in most areas of So. California.


31-years both commercial and residential valuation experience. State of CA Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, licensed to appraise all property types. FHA Approved. Specialized expertise with historic, architectural & luxury residential property valuation. Experienced in industrial building and small commercial property valuation. Experienced Reviewer of appraisal reports and expertise with intensive forensic reviews to uncover fraudulent appraisal reports. Expert Litigation and Expert Witness experience.

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