When you put your "old" home on the market and take advantage of your employer's relocation assistance, you're interested not in the "fair market value" of the home, but its anticipated sales price, typically as soon as possible -- usually not to exceed 120-180 days. But the need for speed doesn't mean the relocation appraisal is a more simple matter than your average lending/mortgage appraisal. Quite to the contrary. It entails special expertise, training and skills on the part of the appraiser or appraisal firm you select.
When we perform a relocation appraisal, we consider recent closed sales but also competing listings in the area as well as pending sales. We offer a forecast of the likely sales price you can rely on, considering the dynamics of the neighborhood at the time of the relocation. All relocation appraisals are reported on the standard ERC Residential Appraisal Report form, the industry's accepted relocation appraisal format.