A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always acquiring new tools and improving processes 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 some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free 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 characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 and faster to keep track of the status of your report.