Ray Saenz blogged this morning about appraisers and agents. Linda Davis pointed out that when she has a unique situation, she calls an appraiser to talk about it. So do I.
Then how do get an appraiser willing to take your call on a busy day, and spend a few minutes going over the issue you have - i.e., How would you appraise the wonderful finished space in the attic which has very little standupspace? We often have unique situation that will affect how we price the property for the market.
It's a case of What Goes Around, Comes Around. We frequently get calls from appraisers, generally to ask the condition of a property we have listed or sold, its amenities, or about a house in a neighborhood we farm. Do you take time out of your crazy day to return the appraiser's call promptly? To take the time to answer his questions? Often his appraisal will be due in a couple hours, so she needs the information now, not tomorrow. When you are prompt and helpful to them, they will be to you. It's a 2 way street.