Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.