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Relocation Appraisals

What is a relocation appraisal?

When a corporation or government agency transfers an employee, relocation assistance is common. The assistance often includes moving costs, temporary housing at the new location, advice on jobs for spouses, etc. If the employee (transferee) owns a home, the company may offer a home buyout to get the employee to agree to transfer. When a buyout is agreed to, a relocation appraisal is required to determine the buyout price.

Mortgage Appraisal vs Relocation Appraisal: How is a Relocation Appraisal Different?

A mortgage appraisal is based on a retrospective analysis of past sales transactions and reflects normal market conditions. In contrast, a relocation appraisal is based on an anticipated sale of the property during a defined, reasonable marketing period. This analysis considers what market trends and conditions may impact the property while it is exposed for sale.

What Role Does the Appraisal Play in Relocation process?

The appraiser develops an objective opinion of the “Anticipated Sales Price” of the residence. It based on a thorough analysis of factual market data without favor to the company or the employee. The valuation should correspond to an offer the homeowner would receive if their house was on the market as of the date of the appraisal. The appraiser is graded on the accuracy of their valuation and the client should expect a realistic opinion of the “Anticipated Sales Price” based on current market conditions.

The intended use of the relocation appraisal is to help an employer facilitate the employee relocation process. The intended users of the relocation appraisal are typically the relocation management company and the employer. A mortgage appraisal’s intended use is to assist the lender in evaluating a property for purposes of mortgage/bank loan underwriting.

A relocation appraisal is completed on the ERC Summary Appraisal Report which employs techniques similar to those used for the mortgage appraisal. However, the appraiser provides a much higher degree of analysis in the narrative portions of the form. The mortgage appraisal uses the URAR Form, which is a summary of the analysis of the property’s site, physical characteristics and comparable sales.


As with most professions, not all appraisers operate on the same level or professionalism. You may be wondering how to select a good appraiser. After all, the selection of the appraiser can make or break the appraisal process for a relocation transaction. It is imperative that you do your due diligence to select the most qualified appraiser.


Pertinent questions include:

  • How long he or she has been involved in relocation appraisals and what percentage of time is devoted to relocation appraisals?
  • Does the appraiser have professional designations? Designations demonstrate the appraiser’s commitment to the industry and ability to perform well above minimum standards. State certifications and licenses denote minimum competency. ERC’s CRPTM designation indicates that the appraiser has a solid foundation of knowledge concerning the relocation industry.
  • Is the appraiser familiar with the property’s neighborhood? Questions regarding the subdivision, school system, and community may offer insight into the appraiser’s familiarity with the area. It certainly is appropriate to ask, “How many appraisals have been conducted in the community in the past year.

Why Choose Anderson Appraisal Services

We are members of the Employee Relocation Council (ERC). Worldwide ERC® is widely recognized as the authority on global workforce mobility. We’re also designated members of the Appraisal Institute, the world’s leading organization of professional real estate appraisers. And last but not least, Anderson Appraisal Services one of the oldest and most experienced appraisal firms in San Diego County, demonstrating deep knowledge of every market and their unique nuances.

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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

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