A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of items you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 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 let us know about the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to track 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 to keep track of your report's status.