Divorce Appraisals

Do you know if your appraisal for asset division will hold up in court?

In the unfortunate case of a divorce, the appraisal for asset division must be a well-supported, professional report that’s defensible in court.

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For many couples, their real estate is the largest asset obtained during the marriage. Even if, you or your spouse wishes to retain the marital residence after the divorce, it is important that an accurate value is obtained for purposes of property division. There are typically two options regarding the real estate holdings.

Scenario #1
The property can be sold and the proceeds divided.

Scenario #2
If either party wants to remain in the home, they can pay a settlement to other

In either case, an appraisal is needed. In scenario #1, an appraisal should be obtained to help determine a listing price in an effort to limit the time the house will be listed for sale and maximize the selling price.

In scenario #2, the judge will not make a ruling on the settlement or division of property without an appraisal by a certified real estate appraiser.


Divorce appraisals require a well-supported, professional appraisal that is defensible in court. The appraisal should be completed by an appraiser with experience in providing both current real estate value as well as retrospective value, as one or both may be required by the courts. A Retrospective Appraisal means the value of the property is based upon a date in the past (perhaps the filing date, the date of marriage, the date of separation or the date of purchase) rather than the current date. If your case were to go to court, the appraiser may be called as expert witness.

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It is imperative that the appraiser’s value and adjustments made in the report are clearly explained and supported. Anderson Appraisal Services provides detailed and well-substantiated reports that are defensible in court.

Why Choose Anderson Appraisal Services?

Anderson Appraisal Services is one of the largest and longest standing divorce appraisal firms in San Diego. Our knowledge and experience within the county is unparalleled and can trust that your divorce appraisal will be handled with the utmost professionalism, courtesy, and confidentiality.

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I am currently a mortgage banker and have worked for other bankers, mortgage brokers and big banks over the past 16 years. Anderson Appraisal is by far the best appraisal company I have ever work with. They are knowledgeable, straight forward, responsive and do quality work. They do what they say they are going to do. Their performance is impeccable.
Dean Brown
Dean Brown
21:12 03 May 18
Anderson Appraisal Services did a great job of successfully presenting arguments to the Assessments Appeals Board that reduced the assessed value of our property from $3.0 million to $2.0 million, and performed the work both promptly and at a reasonable price. I would not hesitate to use the firm again.Joel H., Property Owner
Joel Holliday
Joel Holliday
21:09 07 May 18
By far the best service we have ever received from an appraisal service! Professional and knowledgable...a true pleasure to work with.
Kurtney Noonan
Kurtney Noonan
20:52 28 Mar 18
OMG.... efficient. Friendly, Professional. Needs to be on every good AMC's list.
David Sider
David Sider
07:02 11 Apr 18
Our appraiser, Kevin, was fantastic. He was fast, understanding, and very informative. He understood the dynamics of the neighborhood, offered advice on selling, and suggestions for improvements to get added value. I would certainly recommend the services of this company.
S. Rosser
S. Rosser
02:19 21 Dec 17

Divorce Appraisal Report Recommendations

We utilize a proprietary valuation platform and our market specialization to produce accurate, well-developed appraisals available in a variety report formats tailored to complement the different scenarios presented in the dissolution of marriage process.

Appraisals used in divorce situations should not be reported on FNMA lending forms as they are not compliant.  Our technology-assisted appraisals are compliant, detailed appraisal which are prefect for divorce and family planning purposes.

Good for typical or tract homes when sufficient property information is available or when access is not available or if the property is substantially different than the required effective date.

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Used when interior access is not available or in the cases of retrospective appraisals or if the property is no longer owned or is materially different from the requested effective date.

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A complete analysis developed when an inspection of the property can be conducted, which typicallyis when the property is still owned or occupied by an agreeable spouse.

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We are constantly looking for ways to learn, network, and improve. As associate members of the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Family Law Bar Association, we stay abreast of the most recent developing issues in Family Law.

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