5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking 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, we've listed a couple of things you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 details 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 early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage 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 without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.