5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing 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 below are some things you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about 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!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.