I find it personally embarassing to request a contract/offer price from the person whom is wanting to know what the value of the home is that they want to purchase (and is under contract with an appraisal stipulation). Certainly, when one is trying to protect a lender, we want to know if its a legitimate arms-length transaction, so looking at the contract is important in so far as the lender is using this contract as a basis of their loan, at least initially. However, when the client is the buyer, its just irrelevant and to rely or give weight to their offer price is simply circular reasoning. "Ok Mr and Mrs buyer, I can determine the value, but I would need to know what you thought it was worth first" Is basically how it comes off in this case. I think USPAP needs to address or treat this in more detail and leave it up to the appraiser as to whether or not it should be included in a normal scope of work. In any case, I recognize disclosure is a given. In the mean time, any thoughts on this topic? Naturally, when a realtor is involved, which is normally, one can just get it from the realtor; however, one must disclose this info in the appraisal, which may "****-off" the buyer. My take is that I should ask the client if they want me to have this info. If they don't want me to know, then I can disclose that and not ask the realtor for the info. I can state that obtaining the contract information was not necessary for credible results for the intended use and user. Your thoughts?