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Divorce appraisals can be a somewhat touchy situation. Most divorces are hard, it’s
nothing anybody wants to go through. So the separation of the house and
finances makes it a rough time. When we go to the homes of people who are getting
a divorce, we’re really sensitive. We know it’s none of our business,but
sometimes they start telling us the stories about what led up to the divorce
and why they are splitting up. When that happens, we like to be a
comforting ear. Of course, we never initiate conversations of such a personal
When we are performing a divorce appraisal, we’re not there to hurt anybody
or to take sides. I just want to help you out quickly and get you through the
process. Someone is always asking me to raise or lower the value so that the
other person doesn’t get what the house is really worth.
We try to be sensitive to everyone’s feelings during this difficult time, but we
ignore such requests. Showing the house is a significant step in the divorce
process. For some, it’s when it finally hits them, that this is for-real. They
are separating their assets, and that’s a big moment. It means; “It’s really
over.” It can also be a hostile situation if the other spouse comes in while
I’m doing my job. we have to maintain my objectivity and integrity in a divorce
appraisal. We try not to input the divorcing homeowners’ comments into the valuation.
We completely focus on what kind of house it is and work to establish an accurate
valuation for the property.
Our initial contact usually comes from one side of the divorce, either the
homeowner or their attorney. Usually, the homeowner wants to get this service
done quickly and quietly, while the other party is not around. Or, the other
person has moved out and this is the final stage of the settlement. In either
case, we are discreet and sensitive to their needs.
Once the appraisal is completed and payment is received, we submit the
appraisal to the attorneys. Therefore, it is helpful if both legal-counsels are
advised of this service prior to my site visit.