- Apr 29, 2002
- Professional Status
- Certified Residential Appraiser
- New York
Appraising a home with bars on all 1st floor windows. Permenant bars, not latchable. Safety issue because if fire, how would residents get out? Is it the appraisers job to report? It has no bearing on value (so he claims), nor is it really in the appraiser's scope to understand fire or building codes. Lender wants appraiser not to mention in report because it would kill the deal. The same lender has the first mortgage and how can they tell the borrower now that they cannot refi thru the same bank? The bars were there on original appraisal also. Nothing changed. If appraiser strikes out all comments about the bars, is he wrong? Can he legally do that? Must he comment on them?