I wasn't happy with Appraisal 2000's business tactics, their product, or price. I am not going to blame the actual appraiser, Steve Panparotto, because he is probably just a pawn. To his credit, he fully refunded the fee I paid when I explained my concerns to him. Why was I unhappy with this company? Because first of all, they waited until the last minute to contact me, then the appraiser got confused and started panicking and phoning my agent and the bogus mortgage broker I was dealing with (that's another story), then the bogus broker called and started screaming at me and my agent, accusing us of holding things up, then the appraiser called back and demanded payment, even before he had even seen the house, and everything was rush, rush, it was very stressful. Finally, my agent, the appraiser and myself met at the house. He performed a cursory inspection and demanded payment. I asked for a copy of the appraisal. He refused. I repeated myself, he did likewise. I didn't know what my rights were because this all happened so fast. I paid him, even though I did not get a copy of the appraisal. Later, I spoke to my lawyer who was unhappy with events. He told me I shouldn't have paid him. I should at least get a copy of the appraisal. So I called Panparotto and asked for a copy. I said he could keep the money, just send me a copy of the appraisal I paid for. He refused. I started getting suspicious. What is he trying to hide from me? Who owns this appraisal? (see below for rest of story).
Why am I not allowed to see it? If my lawyer smells a rat, so do I. I demanded one or the other, my appraisal, or my money. Panparotto promptly refunded my credit card, which was the only part of the transaction which gave me any satisfaction at all.