Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the most useful information that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Associate Appraisers of America:

  1. Order your appraisals electronically. With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is key. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your request. 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.

  3. You're always welcome to call us at (714) 897-3334 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value and will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Easily track the status of your report on our website. 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 available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.