For honest and ethical appraisals, rely on Appraisals by Brian LucasAppraising is typically a long term career. The rigors of becoming a licensed appraiser have become more difficult than ever in the past. So it goes without question these days that real estate appraisal can unquestionably be called a profession as opposed to a trade. In our field, as with any profession, we are bound by an ethical code.
The appraiser's primary obligation is to their client. Typically, for a normal residential appraisal, the appraiser's client is the lender ordering the appraisal, and often the appraisal is ordered by a third party the lender has contracted in order to maintain independence. Thereon, appraisers are typically restricted to only disclosing information to their clients, so as a homeowner, if you want to review an appraisal report, you generally should request it via your lender instead of the appraiser.
Appraisers will regularly be required to consider the interests of third parties, including homeowners, both buyers and sellers, or others. Typically the third parties are clearly defined in the appraisal report. An appraiser's fiduciary responsibility is restricted to those third parties who the appraiser knows, based on the scope of work or other things in the framework of the assignment.
There are also ethical standards that have nothing to do with whom we share information. For example, appraisers must keep their work files for at least five years - at Appraisals by Brian Lucas you can rest assured that we stick to that rule.
We require the highest professional integrity possible from ourselves. Working on assignments based on contingency fees is not something we can consider. That means we don't agree to do an appraisal report and base our pay upon coming up with a particular value conclusion. It should be apparent to anyone that inflating a value to achieve what amounts to a bigger paycheck is unethical! We set ourselves to a higher standard.
Finally, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice explicitly 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 diligently follow these rules to the letter which means you can be assured we are going above and beyond to objectively determine the home or property value.
With Appraisals by Brian Lucas, you won't have any doubts that you're receiving 100 percent ethical, honest service.