Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from .

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.