Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.