Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Confirm 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute 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 elements 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 track the status of your report.