A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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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- Are you letting us know 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 elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date 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 abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Why not our website as a resource 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.