Honesty and Integrity: Trust Real Estate Appraisal Services PLCAppraising is a profession, and appraisers are professionals. The rigors of becoming a licensed appraiser have increased more than ever before. That's why it goes without question in this day and age that real estate appraisal can definitely be considered a profession as opposed to a trade. As with any profession, we must follow strict ethical considerations.
We have a lot of obligations as appraisers, but first and foremost we answer to our clients. Typically, for a standard residential appraisal, the lender (or an agent of the lender) places the order to the appraiser, becoming the appraiser's client. It follows that appraisers have certain duties of confidentiality to their clients, plus many rules and regulations controlling with whom we share information. So, as a homeowner, if you want to review an appraisal report, you normally should get it via your lender instead of the appraiser.
Appraisers may also have fiduciary responsibilities to third parties, including homeowners, sellers, and buyers, or others. Those third parties normally are defined in the appraisal assignment itself. An appraiser's fiduciary role is only to those third parties who the appraiser knows, based on the scope of work or other written parameters of the assignment.
Appraisers also have rules outside of boundaries of with whom we share information, For example, appraisers must keep their work files for a minimum of five years - something else Trust Real Estate Appraisal Services PLC diligently adheres to.
We require the highest ethical standards possible from ourselves. Doing orders based on contingency fees is not something we can consider. In other words, we don't agree to do an appraisal report and collect payment on the contingency of the loan closing. There's an obvious conflict of interest if an appraiser can report a larger value with the reward of getting paid more money!
Finally, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (or simply "USPAP") clearly defines a violation of ethics as the acceptance 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" as well as other situations. We diligently follow these rules to the letter which means you can be confident we are working hard to provide an unbiased determination of the home or property value.
When you engage Trust Real Estate Appraisal Services PLC, we'll make sure you're getting the professional service you expect along with the high ethical standards we're known for.
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