Many months ago I offered a question to the ASB regarding a clarification as to what is understood as the appraiser's responsibility for "analyzing" the contract of sale (for the Subject property). Today I received the July 2007 "USPAP Q&A" and the question and response are presented (other questions have to do with Workfile retention and access). My initial reaction to the answer provided was "this is r-e-a-l vague!". But, after thinking about it a bit more, I conclude that the response is appropriate. Without repeating everything here, the response includes the acknowledgement that "analyze" does not have a special meaning within the USPAP and that it is a common term as defined in dictionaries. OK. Following, the response points out that the "analysis" is a part of the Scope of Work decision making process. OK. Makes sense to me. My thoughts: I can tell you right now that if you enter into discussion with clients (and other Intended Users) as to what they expect of the "analysis", you will receive a blank stare (if done face-to-face). I believe that it would NOT be ordinary for an appraiser to enter into an analysis that has to do with opinions that cross-over from the legitimate sphere of the appraiser to that of a lawyer (i.e., offering legal opinions). I believe that the appraiser has to report and "analyze" (here we go again) anything contained in the appraisal that is out of the ordinary. I believe that there should be reporting and analysis regarding non-realty items included in the contract of sale. Concessions? This should be fairly obvious. Named Seller and owner per public record source: This, too, should be fairly routine. I believe that the appraiser must offer some comment in the report of the appraisal as to exactly what the appraiser has considered to be within the legitimate realm of the "analysis" of the contract of sale. Other thoughts? I know that there was a long and recent string of discussion on this topic. I offered a couple of postings specific to "let's wait to hear from the ASB" because I was aware that the ASB was addressing this matter.