At A Quality Appraisal, we get calls every day from
Portland area homeowners who are seeking an appraisal for divorce
purposes. We are experts in appraisals
for divorce and understand that there is a big difference between appraisals written
for divorce and other appraisals, such as refinance. (Click here for a
blog post explaining those dissimilarities.)
Recently, I had a long conversation with a Portland attorney who pointed
out yet another important distinction that anyone ordering an appraisal for
divorce should recognize.
That difference is discovery. If one of the parties in a divorce obtains an
appraisal, it can, by law, become discoverable by the opposing side. Since appraisers are independent and unbiased
parties who cannot advocate for one party or the other, the findings of an
appraisal report might turn out to be beneficial to the other party in
The solution is to ask your attorney to request the
appraisal and to be the appraiser’s client and intended user noted in the
report. The divorcing party can still
interact with the appraiser for scheduling and to provide information. Ordering by the attorney means that the
appraisal report can be kept confidential from the other party in litigation if
the results are not beneficial to your case.
This attorney’s advice was to pay a few extra dollars to have your
attorney manage the appraisal which could save you some negotiating leverage
later. I recommend that you discuss this
factor with your attorney before ordering an appraisal for divorce.
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