I for one have admitted on previous blogs that I'm an education junkie and yes I was taking an online CE course this weekend with VanEd. I'm not an appraiser nor do I play one on TV! Interestingly enough my perceptions about meeting appraisers at my listings was confirmed in a course I was taking. Specifically it was mentioned that it is helpful and appreciated if the Listing Agent was present:
"The real estate licensee can be helpful in the appraisal process by:
Providing sale comparables to the appraiser that are considered to be most similar to the subject property and by accompanying the appraiser on the inspection to ensure that the appraiser is aware of the salient features associated with the subject property."
These are highly respected professionals in the Colorado Springs area and I like to interact with my appraisers as well as glean knowledge from their experience. I meet each and every appraiser at my listings. I provide comps (comparable sold home data) for the area as well as any specific data on the home. I like to walk through the home showing the appraiser the upgrades and amenities that have been completed and answer any questions they might have. Then I back off and let them do their job.
I've found that most appraisers are shocked that I've taken the time to meet them and provide data. Didn't I tell my seller I would? I also enjoy learning from them, about their business including picking up nuggets of information freely given that can help me be a better resource for my future sellers.
Consistently I hear that Realtors just don't bother to meet appraisers at their listings. Isn't that kind of disrespectful? These are professionals that have a wealth of knowledge and experience so respect that by showing up to meet them. Also don't you think they might appreciate that floor plan you had drawn up by one of their colleagues? Wouldn't it make their day easier if you were there to answer questions on the home, point out features, hidden gems of value, express the external value of the area maybe only known to locals (your appraiser might be from Denver).
One other advantage of developing a relationship with local appraisers is the freedom to call them when I'm doing a market analysis and getting their professional opinion on a property. Having already developed a relationship they are much more willing to give expert opinions freely than if I'm some dolt that they've never met. Sometimes having your opinions vindicated by a professional resource such as VanEd makes all that effort seem worthwhile.