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Review: Appraiser I'm reviewing calls me

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c w d

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Florida
....out of the blue. I've only done a preliminary search of market data and have not even looked at the guy's appraisal in depth. I ask him what I can do for him and he says "I was told you needed to speak with me". Obviously, the client is playing games because I didn't tell anyone any such thing.

I personally don't want to speak with the guy. I plan to do my review, note what I've found and give an opinion of value (as required by the client). Beyond that, I have absolutely no reason to talk to the appraiser being reviewed, nor do I want to. Personally, I think it's not a good idea to talk to the appraiser being reviewed. Everyone's works should stand for itself. No further explanation is needed for a review process.

How would you handle this?
 
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Florida
Contact the lender immediately. I bet you the loan officer or broker tipped him off.
 

Mike Boyd

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Jan 18, 2002
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Retired Appraiser
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California
I don't like the idea of the original appraiser calling me but I have no objections to speaking with him or her if I need some clarification.
 

RSW

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Feb 18, 2002
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Tennessee
I bet the MB tipped him off. The MB wants the original appraiser to try and influence your opinion.
 

Scott Kibler

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Illinois
Tell him thanks for calling but I'm ok, there must have been a communication error on the part of the client.
 

PropertyEconomics

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Jun 19, 2007
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Certified General Appraiser
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New Mexico
I would tell him in compliance with USPAP I cant discuss the review with you. That is neither good nor bad but simply that you dont have permission from your client to discuss anything with him. Tell him you are sure he can appreciate your stance and thank him for calling.
I believe reviewers have a confidentiality agreement with their client and cannot discuss the review with anyone but them.
 

fritzvogel

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Dec 16, 2004
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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New York
Is't the original appraisers name supposed to be covered up/whited out? I haven't seen any lately, I should refuse the order, especially in a small market or if I know the guy.
 

panappr

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Dec 5, 2007
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
California
I don't think anyone (normal) would be up front contacting a reviewer on their case, unless they were overly concerned about something? Even still that would take allot of ......

Tell em you are going to do a very thorough forensic review and it could take several days.
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Texas
First, you are reviewing an appraisal, not the appraiser.

Second, do your job.

Third, you have no reason to speak to the other appraiser unless you have questions, not him/her and then only with the permission of your client.
 
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