More Objective Appraisals: A Practical Guide for Appraisers
By Scott Reuter Single-Family Chief Appraisal Officer, Freddie Mac
Excerpts: Changing the Mindset – Facts First
What’s the number one thing appraisers should be doing when they develop an appraisal? Stick to the facts. Here are a few more best practices that can help appraisers achieve more objective appraisals.
- Don’t think like a salesperson – avoid words that may be common in Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and used to help sell a home.
- Don’t use shorthand – both ‘123 Church Street’ and ‘123 Church’ could refer to an address but might come across differently in an appraisal.
- Don’t copy and paste – avoid copying from Wikipedia or old appraisal reports or commonly used templates when providing neighborhood descriptions for similar communities.
- Use pre-screening practices – while you can implement your own pre-screening process, some appraisal companies can implement them too.
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My comments: Read this article! Not just a list of words and phrases. Excellent examples and analysis. The author started as a second-generation practicing residential appraiser. He knows what you want.
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