If a desktop appraisal is ordered and accepted by the appraiser, may the appraiser expand the scope of work to include an exterior inspection of the subject property or comparable sales? In this situation, what identifier would the appraisal include in the Map Reference field?
Yes. The appraiser is responsible for determining what is an adequate scope of work for any assignment and may choose to expand the scope beyond the minimum requirements. In this instance, the appraiser would enter “desktop” as this reflects the appraisal type agreed to with the acceptance of the assignment and the minimum scope of work required for the assignment.
For more information, refer to the published Lender Letter LL-2020-04, Impact of COVID-19 on Appraisals.