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Wayne Henry

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I am a bit stumped on the use of "the appraiser" and "I" in my addendum. I wanted to get a feel of what my colleagues use. I noticed on the 1004 form the "Statement of assumptions and limiting conditions" shows "the appraiser" while the certification shows "I". I do recall taking a Report Writing class a while back and the instructor stating the use of "the appraiser" did not fit appraisal reports since it is your report. The addendum should state "I" not "the appraiser" What are you comments and what do you use?

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http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/first-second-and-third-person?page=all
 

Sid Holderly

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I see it as" The "the appraiser" part is instructions to the appraiser. The "I" part is myself (the appraiser) answering or swearing to the certifications. Local dialect across the country will make any change just as confusing to many. Just as " The English" means different things in different parts of the country and gay is not happy or jubilent as it use to be. Correct grammer can be debated (between the east and west coast) and we in the middle will colloquialize it.
 

Tom Woolford

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I usually use the third person. But, I can't really tell you why. I suppose that's what I surmised 30 years ago when I started.
 

hastalavista

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Wayne-

This is personal decision. I write my reports in first person; it is more natural for me to do so.
Write/pick the style you are most comfortable with.
 
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Evincere

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I am a bit stumped on the use of "the appraiser" and "I" in my addendum. I wanted to get a feel of what my colleagues use. I noticed on the 1004 form the "Statement of assumptions and limiting conditions" shows "the appraiser" while the certification shows "I". I do recall taking a Report Writing class a while back and the instructor stating the use of "the appraiser" did not fit appraisal reports since it is your report. The addendum should state "I" not "the appraiser" What are you comments and what do you use?

Also see:

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/first-second-and-third-person?page=all
For Addenda; "the Appraiser" - Who is "the" Appraiser? I am the Appraiser since it is my signature and name in the report certification.
 

alex gilbert

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I generally write in the third person, but will switch to first person if this becomes too clumsy. I do very occasionally see reports in the second person, I. e., "Your appraiser measured the home at 2,100sf." Not my favorite approach.
 

Peter LeQuire

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I avoid both. 4th person. Its a report with a signature.

Is this someone who appraises in the 4th.dimension? Or, is it the nominative plural? Or is it the royal "we"?
 

bnmappraisal

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Personally, I generally write reports with "...the appraiser find the subject's GLA ..." or something to that effect. I'm a creature of habit (as my wife loves to point out) and that's how I was trained. I don't see any problem, though, either way you write your report ("the appraiser" or "I") - as long as it is understood by your client/reader.

Good discussion, though, OP! Thanks for bringing it up! I've asked myself a similar question over the years
 
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