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Hi everyone,

My parents (the co-sponsors) need to use their house as an asset on the Affidavit of support. It says the house needs to be recently appraised. My questions are:

1) On my parents tax sheet they just received in the mail it says the value of the property. Is this enough or do I need to have my parents get the house officially appraised?

2) If the house needs to be officially appraised: Can a real estate agent appraise the house or does it need to be an official house appraiser?

Thank you in advance. I really appreciate your help!

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They cannot use a house they are currently living in or their only vehicle.

the house needs to be officially appraised.

The appraisal value minus the mortgage is the value of the house.


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Hi everyone,

My parents (the co-sponsors) need to use their house as an asset on the Affidavit of support. It says the house needs to be recently appraised. My questions are:

1) On my parents tax sheet they just received in the mail it says the value of the property. Is this enough or do I need to have my parents get the house officially appraised?

2) If the house needs to be officially appraised: Can a real estate agent appraise the house or does it need to be an official house appraiser?

Thank you in advance. I really appreciate your help!

To get the semantics out of the way first, one of your parents is a joint sponsor (not co-sponsor) and the other parent is a household member of the joint sponsor.

Answers to your questions:

  • Official appraisal required
  • Must be done by a professional appraiser

To add, if the house is their primary home, the CO will likely disallow it since the possible liquidation in the event the terms of the I-864 were not met would constitute an undue hardship on the I-864's signer.

Just because someone else stated they were able to successfully use another method that is outside of the norm doesn't mean that same method will work for you.


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