Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always acquiring new 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 some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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.