How to Get a Retrospective Home Appraisal

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Step 1

Determine the purpose of your retroactive appraisal. For instance, the IRS may require an appraisal to determine the value of a real estate asset as of the date of death or date of marriage dissolution of an owner. You may also need to obtain a retroactive appraisal to determine a decline in value if you sell a property at a loss in order to determine a loss for tax purposes.

Step 2

Contact a licensed real estate appraiser for your state (each state has its own qualifying and licensing requirements). See Resources below to locate an appraiser.

Step 3

Explain to the real estate appraiser the purpose of your retroactive appraisal, and provide access to the subject property if possible. Also provide whatever documentation you hold (deeds, inspection reports, photographs) as to the condition of the property on the date in question. The appraiser will examine the subject property, your documentation, and historic real estate and construction data for the date in question.

Step 4

Review the retrospective appraisal with the real estate appraiser. Make sure all comparable sales fall before historic date of the appraisal, since subsequent changes in market value of comps can ruin the accuracy of your retrospective appraisal.



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