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I consider it unethical and lazy. I specifically tell clients I do not want to know as I'd consider it an undue influence.,
I think that's the most common approach. I suppose it could be considered lazy. On the other hand, let's say a deal has been made that's off market. Assuming it closes, it becomes part of the fact pattern for the next survey's valuation. It doesn't make it any less the correct value, because surveyors are looking backwards. When markets are rising quickly, like they seemed to this past summer, it has to be harder to assess. It think some would just consider knowing the deal value as just another data point and, if their initial thoughts were way off, provoke them to double check. For others, it's probably the best way to avoid a conflict and, therefore, lazy.
I see that. Whatever the reasoning for the valuation in my case, I clearly paid an amount that was easily on the bell curve of prices, albeit on the somewhat low side.
 
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