A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously researching additional 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, here are a handful of tips you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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.

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.