Divorce settlements involve many decisions, including who keeps the house. There are generally two choices regarding real estate - it can be put up for sale and the proceeds split, or one party can "buy out" the other.
In either case, one or both parties would be wise to order an appraisal of the joint real estate.
An appraisal for divorce purposes should include a well-supported, expert report that is defensible in court.
Attorneys and accountants in New Hampshire have depended on my values when figuring out real property values for estates, divorces, or other disputes needing a value opinion. I understand their needs and are accustomed to dealing with all parties involved. I provide appraisal reports that fulfill the requirements of the courts and various agencies.
As a legal professional handling a divorce, your case's material facts customarily require an appraisal to establish market value for the residential real estate involved. A lot of the time the divorce date differs from the date you ordered the appraisal. I'm comfortable with the techniques and what it means to develop a retrospective appraisal that has an effective date and Market Value opinion matching the date of divorce.
For each divorce appraisal I take on, I understand that they need to be handled with the utmost care. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compels an appraiser to keep the highest degree of confidentiality, resulting in the utmost discretion.