Dan Dean provides honest and ethical appraisals for Bucks County

Honesty and Integrity: Dan Dean

We think of what we do 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 unquestionably be called a profession rather than a trade. In our field, as with any profession, we must follow strict ethical considerations.

The appraiser's primary obligation is to their client. More often than not, in residential practice, the lender (or an agent of the lender) places the order to the appraiser, becoming the appraiser's client. Subsequently, appraisers are typically restricted to only disclosing their findings to their clients, so as a homeowner, if you desire a copy of the appraisal document, you generally should obtain it from your lender.

Other obligations include accurate sums appropriate to the nature of the report, reaching and sustaining an appropriate level of competency and education, and of course, the appraiser must behave in a professional manner. Here at Dan Dean, we take these ethical responsibilities very to heart.

Appraisers will regularly be required to consider the interests of third parties, including homeowners, sellers and buyers, or others. Typically the third parties are specifically defined in the appraisal report. An appraiser's fiduciary duty is limited to those parties who the appraiser is aware of, based on the scope of work or other things in the framework of the order.

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There are also ethical rules that have nothing to do with whom we share information. For example, appraisers must keep their work files for at least five years - at Dan Dean you can rest assured that we adhere to that rule.

We only perform to the highest ethical standards possible. Accepting assignments where our fee is dependent on our value conclusion is never an option. In other words, we don't agree to do an appraisal report and collect the fee only if the loan closes. There's an obvious conflict of interest if an appraiser can report a larger value with the reward of getting paid more money! We set ourselves to a higher standard.

Finally, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice explicitly describes a violation in ethics as the acceptance 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" in addition to other situations We diligently follow these rules to the letter which means you can rest easy knowing we are going above and beyond to get you an accurate home or property value.

With Dan Dean, you can be assured of 100 percent ethical, professional service.