THE LISTING AGENT DID WHAT? That was my immediate response when I learned from my borrower that they did their home inspection, spent as much time as they thought they needed with the inspector, then as they were leaving the appraiser was going in.
I spent a long five years as a Realtor before I transitioned over to the lending side several years ago. One thing that will always stick in my mind was a law class where I walked away with the mantra "Keep Yourself Out of the Line of Fire". I've used this many times in my career. It can be used as well to keep your buyer or seller out of the line of fire. I always told my sellers to NOT be home for showings or home inspections, although they may not be hiding anything, they may inadvertently say something that would screw up the transaction.
I have a purchase I'm working on where we have waited about three months for the short sale agreement from the bank. Finally! last week we got the short sale letter. We proceeded with the appraisal order and the borrower proceeded with his home inspection. Everything seemed it would finally come together, then I get the news that the appraiser and home inspector were present at the same time. The home is not nearly in "move in" condition as I'd been told, and a water pipe burst when they turned on the water because the renters moved out and no winterization was done. (brings up the question of why a listing agent or seller would not be more on top of things, but that is a whole different blog)
What leaps into my mind immediately is "what did the appraiser learn that he would not have known otherwise?" I'm not saying an inspector would spill his guts about the entire report, but when the appraiser asks him if the heat pump is working, then what does he say? Does he tell the truth? Is there a buyer/inspector privilege?
The point is "KEEP YOURSELF AND YOUR CLIENT OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE". The listing agent's office most likely made this appointment, not the listing agent herself, but it seems to me that it would be a given when appointments are being made NOT SCHEDULING THE APPRAISER AND THE HOME INSPECTOR AT THE SAME TIME WOULD BE FAIRLY IMPORTANT.
I'm not suggesting this because there is something to hide, or that any of the parties should behave in that way. As hard as it is to get usable appraisals these days then adding the extra burden of insuring the appraiser has even more reason to treat the value harshly is just sloppy work. My opinion is that appraisals are one of the biggest reason sales are not closing. Don't stack the deck against the home buyer or seller.