For honest and ethical appraisals, trust Behrens Appraisal ServicesWe consider our business as a profession. The rigors of becoming a licensed appraiser have increased more than ever in the past. That's why it goes without question these days that real estate appraisal can certainly be considered a profession as opposed to a trade. As with any profession we are bound by ethical considerations.
We have many responsibilities as appraisers, but our chief duty is to our clients.
More often than not, in residential practice, 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.
Certain elements relating to an assignment are to be shared exclusively with the appraiser's client. So, as
a homeowner, if you desire to obtain a copy of the appraisal document, you normally have to obtain it from your lender.
Appraisers may also have fiduciary responsibilities to third parties, such as homeowners, sellers and buyers, or others. Those third parties normally are listed in scope of the appraisal assignment itself. An appraiser's fiduciary responsibility is restricted to those parties who the appraiser is aware of, based on the scope of work or other written parameters of the job.
There are also ethical duties that have nothing to do with clients and others. For example, appraisers must backup their work files for a minimum of five years - something else Behrens Appraisal Services diligently adheres to.
We meet or exceed the industry standards and rules set in place for ethics. We can't accept anything less from ourselves. Working on assignments where our fee is dependent on our value conclusion 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. It should be apparent to anyone that inflating a value to achieve a higher fee is unethical! This isn't how we operate.
Finally, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice also defines 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" as well as other situations. We diligently follow these rules to the letter which means you can be assured we are doing everything we can to objectively determine the home or property value.
With Behrens Appraisal Services, you won't have any doubts that you're receiving 100 percent ethical, honest service.