Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from .

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, 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 early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.