A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our 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 keep track of your report's status.
- 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.