Here are some things to remember when getting a home appraisal:
•You're not the client. The appraiser is hired by a management company and the lender is the appraiser's client.
•Attend the inspection. This gives you a chance to question the appraiser and determine competence.
•Ask questions. Beyond the basic license, does the appraiser have professional designations that signify additional experience? Does the appraiser have access to the Multiple Listing Service? When was the last time the person appraised a house in the neighborhood?