Two times this past week I was provided with case assignment letters which linked the FHA case numbers to different financing programs (203b vs 203k, etc.) than what was specified in the engagement letter and/or sales contract. So I am starting to think these assignment letters are very important, or at minimum appraisers should verify the financing program with FHA prior to performing services.
That's why I asked. Two times I've had assignments cancelled because the RE agents were sketchy. Happening now. The agent would agree to set the appointment until he talked to the lender. Says they already have a VA appraisal (this is an FHA assignment for me) and wants to use that one. It's a real stinker of an assignment... brand new construction in the wrong part of town. One sort of similar sale (but in better part of town.) No other new construction for a very long time. All old stuff from the 50's through the early 80's.
I remember doing an appraisal of this "property" back in 2008. It was part of a proposed construction assignment involving 4 houses with granny units over the garage. Zero lot line stuff. Probably the most difficult assignment I've ever done (and it was for Chase.) Well, they never built it out like that. Looks like two houses with 5,000 sf lots. This is the first to sell. Weird stuff.
In any case I think they can appraiser shop now that the appraisers name is not on the assignment letter.