Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to verify 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.