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We understand that doing an onsite appraisal of your home may be an inconvenience for you. This is especially true for dissolution of marriage appraisals. This section is designed to limit any anxiety involved in the appraisal process for a dissolution of marriage proceedings.

In dissolution of marriage appraisals, we request that only one of the two parties be present during the appraisal. In the necessity of both parties being present, their respective attorneys must accompany them, or special arrangements must be made to Neale & Sons satisfaction.

 When one of Neale & Sons Inc. appraisers shows up at your door to do the appraisal, they will introduce themselves and give you a business card. There will most likely only be one appraiser present to accomplish the job, but on rare occasion there may additional appraisers present to assist him. If you have any discomfort with these arrangements please let our office manager know when you schedule the appraisal.

Once inside, the appraiser will then go over the appraisal process with you. If possible, the appraiser will make a quick tour of the home with you to get an overview. He may ask you the following questions. These questions are designed to speed up the appraisal process and reduce the cost to all parties involved.

  1. Can you identify the items that are community property and non-community property?
  1. Where did you buy a specific item?
  2. When did you buy a specific item?
  3. How much did you pay for a specific item?
  4. Do you have any receipts or paper trail for a specific item?

The appraiser will then go room by room and value the items. Some items will be grouped together, such as kitchen items and decoratives, others will be valued individually. Each item or group of items will be measured, and transcribed on a tape recorder. Lastly photographs will be taken as needed.

The verbal description of the items will include measurements, age, material, style, damage, quantity, and a first impression value. This first impression value is an estimate only. The final valuation will be reflected on the written report after research and review.

After the onsite viewing and valuation, the tape recording will be taken back to our office for processing by our office manager. The appraiser will then research and review each item and come to an accurate valuation conclusion.

Regarding Community and Non-Community Property: Since there is often disagreement between both parties as to the community and non-community property they own, Neale & Sons has made it a policy to list ALL ITEMS at the residence, whether they are indicated to be community property or not. The community and non-community property is listed on the appraisal report as indicated by the party in residence of the appraisal site. There may not be agreement as to way the items are listed. The way the item(s) appear on the final appraisal report does not prove or disprove the validity of the community or non-community listing. This is done in order to facilitate the process. Neale & Sons Inc. generally defines Non-Community Property as: Any item owned prior to the date of marriage by either party. Any item given to either party as a gift, during the marriage. Any item purchased after the date of separation by either party.

-Neale & Sons Inc.

Doug Neale, Senior Appraiser

Austin D. Neale, CEO

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