A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client gets the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 details 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to track your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.