May 19, 2017 - 06:25 AM
150. Client Specifies Scope of Work
Question: Is a scope of work specified by the client acceptable?
Response: The scope of work specified by the client is acceptable only if it allows the appraiser to develop credible assignment results. If the scope of work specified by the client does not permit development of credible assignment results, the appraiser must either change the scope of work to what he or she determines is necessary to develop credible assignment results or withdraw from the assignment.
And yes, any client (including a lender) can communicate with an appraiser to request clarification, make corrections, or consider additional information, as long as such communication is not an attempt to influence the independence of the appraiser. The examples listed above are specifically permitted under federal law.