The U.S. Attorney should not obtain an additional appraisal report until the existing appraisals have been analyzed by the Appraisal Unit and its recommendations received. Generally, an additional appraisal report should be obtained when there is a wide divergence in the opinion of value between two appraisers and their differences cannot be reconciled by the U.S. Attorney. It is usually desirable to obtain an additional appraisal when good market data is not available, or where large sums of money are involved. Where demolition of improvements is contemplated, or where the land is to be inundated or otherwise changed soon after the filing of condemnation proceedings, it is important to secure immediately any additional appraisal which might be needed, in order that the appraiser may view the property in its original condition.
Updated December 18, 2015