5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal with .
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful 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 familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.