Can you give me comps???
That is a common question appraisers get asked every day. Lenders and borrowers don't want to waste their time and money on loans that won't "Appraise Out". "Comp Searches" or "Pre-Comps". etc. (pre-appraisal market value opinions) may also seem like good "Customer Service".
That may appear to be true on the front-end, but those "searches" back-up appraisal production on the back-end (causing delays in appraisal delivery) and generally it's expected that the appraiser will not be compensated for THEIR time!. Also by checking "comps" and providing an "estimate" of a home's value prior to receiving the appraisal order MAY put the appraiser in violation of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and jeopardize their state license.
"BUT ALL OF MY OTHER APPRAISERS DO IT!"
Yes, every profession has inexperienced or unethical members that are willing to do just about anything for a buck.
There are many ways to check for sales in your area. Here is a list of other websites that you can check to gain info from also.
When you click on these sites they are external and not in any way affiliated with Timberline Appraising Inc.