If you were asked to inflate the appraisal with documentation from
the original seller who out there would do that?
No one I consider a competent and trained appraiser, or at least,
none such that I respect...
An aside... My second commercial job in this industry, back in '76,
was with a store that was closing it's street front store to move to
a larger, higher traffic, mall location. They hired one of those
firms to do the "going out of business" sale, in order to reduce
inventory, etc. Initially, those guys intended to immediately retag
everthing at substantially higher prices in order to the be able to
offer greater discounts. The owner, who was paying them to run the
sale, had to argue quite a lot to get them to agree to do the sale
without that unethical ploy. In the end, they put up a sign near
the front that specifically described that practice, and promised
that it hadn't been done there, but that as a result, buyers should
understand that the now real discounts might not seem as dramatic as
they might see at other, similar seeming sales, yet could represent
greater true values. It seemed to be recieved quite well, and sales
were quite good. Over time, in the new location, a number of
customers later told us that one reason they'd stayed loyal and now
came to the new location was that they'd been impressed with this
display of ethics in the face of what they felt was
widespread industry practice.