I recently bought a house in the DM area. There were other bids so I ended up paying more than the list price. When the appraisal came back it was the same exact amount as my accepted offer. This seems a little fishy to me, but I suppose it could be a coincidence. So my question for the experts at CF is...are appraisal companies made aware of the sale price and if so, why? I know there is a lotto system which chooses the appraisal company, but I don't think they should know how much I paid when they conduct the appraisal to keep it unbiased.