5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user has the best information available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal from .

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features add 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 characteristics 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.