5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your assignment. 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 be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment 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 unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 features 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
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 faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.