For honest and ethical appraisals, trust South Eastern Appraisal, Inc.Appraising is generally a long term career. Requirements to become a licensed appraiser have increased more than ever before. So it goes without question these days that real estate appraisal can unquestionably be considered a profession as opposed to a trade. In our field, as with any profession, we have a strict ethical code.
We have quite a few obligations as appraisers, but first and foremost we answer to our clients.
Typically, in residential practice, the lender (or an agent of the lender) places the order to the appraiser, becoming the appraiser's client.
It follows that appraisers are privy to a lot of information, and like an attorney, can only discuss many of these matters with their client. As
a homeowner, if you would like a copy of the appraisal document, you generally have to get it through your lender and not the appraiser.
There are some scenarios in which appraisers will have fiduciary responsibilities to third parties, such as homeowners, both sellers and buyers, or others. Typically the third parties are specifically defined in the appraisal report. An appraiser's fiduciary duty is restricted to those parties who the appraiser is aware of, based on the scope of work or other written parameters of the job.
Appraisers also have duties outside of boundaries of clients and others. For example, appraisers must keep their work files for at least five years - something else South Eastern Appraisal, Inc. takes very seriously.
We only perform to the highest ethical standards possible. Doing orders where our fee is dependent on our value conclusion is not something we can consider. That means we can't agree to do an appraisal report and collect payment on the contingency of the loan closing. It should be obvious that inflating a value to achieve a bigger fee is unethical! We set ourselves to a higher standard.
Finally, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice also describes unethical behavior as accepting of an assignment that is contingent on "the reporting of a pre-determined result (e.g., opinion of value)", "a direction in assignment results that favors the cause of the client", or "the amount of a value opinion" in addition to other situations We follow these rules to the letter which means you can be assured we are going above and beyond to get you an accurate home or property value.
As soon as you engage South Eastern Appraisal, Inc., we'll make sure you're getting the professional service you deserve along with the high ethical standards we're known for.