Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different 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 elements of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.