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Becky, Home Seller in 84032

Is it legal for the appraiser to have a copy of the sale contract before he/she appraises the home?

Asked by Becky, 84032 Tue Jun 30, 2009

It seems that the worth of a home would be the same, regardless of its sale price. I would love to hear some facts about the laws that govern this process.

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The appraiser usually asks for a copy of the sales contract, so yes it is legal. If you think about it there is no better tool to determine the market value of a home than when you have a written sales contract. This shows what someone is willing to pay for your property and what you are willing to sell it for, which is current market value.

Good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 8, 2009
Under the federally approved regulations for appraisers, we (lenders) are required to give the appraiser a fully executed contract when we order the appraisal. The answer is yes it is not only legal, it is required.

Sally W. Hamby
Pine State Mortgage
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It it customary for the appraiser to have a copy of the offer when conducting an appraisal for the purpose of a mortgage. The definition of value is the highest price a buyer is willing to pay and the lowest price the seller is willing to accept with neither party under duress.
As we are seeing now the buyer and seller will change what they are willing to offer or accept based on things like the economy, the number of homes on the market, and their faith in the future. the appraiser's job isn't necessarily to set the value but to justify the agreed contract price based on recent sales of similar homes. If appraisers never had access to the agreed upon price the markets would likely stagnate, prices could neither rise or fall.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 8, 2009
the rule of thumb has always been "we need to know what the value is". IOW, the appraisers in the past tried to support the price agreed. If you could find comps, and it made sense, then there you were.

However, please read to below link. The pendulum has swung too far now and in our area appraisals are a big problem. IMHO they are just wrong.
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Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
I agree with Becky, Becky...lol What you have to understand is that there are different reasons for an appraisal. The lender (bank) objective is to make sure the property is worth the amount they are lending on it, and therefore the appraiser is there to "justify" that sales price. You will notice in most cases that the appraisal rarely goes above the sales price...because appraisers are only justifying it.

If you had an appraisal for insurance or other reasons, the appraisal might come out differently. So, not to worry, it will come out ok.
And as Edith Ann would say.....that's the truth...pthwwwwwww

Debbi Love
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 30, 2009
Hi Becky,

Yes, in Utah in most cases the appraiser will have a copy of the contract. I know this has always bothered me too. It sounds as though this is standard procedure just about any where though.

There must be a reason and I don't know the answer as to why.

If you'd like, you can call an appraiser and ask them why this is so.

Becky Nay, GRI
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 30, 2009
In my state, the appraisers always have a copy of the sales contract before the appraisal. I agree that this practice seems to contradict itself, but I am sure that an appraiser would have additional information on why this is necessary.
Having a contract does mean that the person is planning to purchase the home and not just getting someone elses home appraised!
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