The National Association of REALTORS® strongly supports the independence of appraisers and the appraisal process. The role of the appraiser is to provide an independent and impartial analysis of real property. Compromising independence impacts the quality of appraisal reports, adding risk for both consumers and lenders.
Read NAR's issue brief on this topic: Issue Brief: Appraiser Independence
Residential Appraisal Process: FAQs for Agents was developed by NAR’s Real Property Valuation Committee for agents who are interested in educating prospective homebuyers about appraisals. NAR has found that confusion persists about appraisal regulations, especially those that affect how real estate agents and their clients communicate with appraisers. Frequently asked questions include “Can I speak to the appraiser?” and “What kind of information should I provide to the appraiser?”