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Pre-inspection Value

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DeeDee Armstrong

Sophomore Member
Jun 24, 2002
Professional Status
General Public
Does anyone have a nice way to say, "Can't do that" for giving a preliminary value? For clients that we don't know, or aren't interested in, its pretty easy. However, a very good client just asked for one (luckily on the voicemail), and I would like a NICE way to say ethically I can't do it and our time isn't free.


Tim Hicks (Texas)

Elite Member
Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
Gosh, you are taking the fun out of it. Nice way. Huh. I'm coming up blank.

How about, I am sorry, but I am bound by Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice which states if I give any kind of value, verbal or written, that I must have a full, completed file that meets appraisal criteria and standards to support that value. Now, if I must do that to meet my standards, then I deserve to get paid for my services. It would be the same fee, wouldn't you rather I complete a full report for that fee. As much as I would like to help, this is a business and I can not afford to work for free.
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