Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client receives the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items 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 automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect 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. 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.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 easier to keep track of the status of your report.