Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always seeking 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 here are some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive 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! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 call us at 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 property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to follow your report's status.
- 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. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.