5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to follow 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 easier to keep track of your report's status.