Sometimes appraisals are necessary in divorces to determine the value of certain items of property.  If parties cannot agree to values, the next step is likely an appraisal.  This often happens with real property, and more specifically, with parties’ residences.  A real property appraisal is the practice of developing an opinion on the value of real property.  When an appraisal is necessary, a person with specialized knowledge and training must perform this task.