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When can you decline an assignment?

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I have declined assignments for several reasons. I have inspected properties which were supposed to be owner occupied but were in fact vacant. The houses were in poor condition and the "owner occupants had out of state phone numbers. They seemed fishy to me and I told the lender that I would not complete the assignment. I never got another order from that lender but I sleep well at night.

One time the owner of the property was so abusive that I told him that I didn't want to appraise his house and I walked out. I told the lender about the owner's bad behavior. I still do business with that lender.

We are professionals and we decide for whom we work.

Dale Smalley

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Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
Being that you already started the process you can increase the fee based on the time and effort to complete the assignment. If the increased fee is not acceptble to the client then they can cancel the job.
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