Bank of America Home Loans
We have had problems lately with appraisers using all short-sale or REO (foreclosed homes now owned by a lender) comps and ignoring the arms-length sales. This is having a very negative effect on appraisals and has killed many sales.
1. Ask a Realtor to check Realtor sales on the Multiple LIsting Service
2. You may have to go down to the County offices to check title recordings.
Bottom line, sales can be adjusted to become "comparable" and it is not possible that there were no sales within a one year period in your zip code/school district. I think you are just inquiring of the wrong people.