5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking 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 here are some things you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is 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 features 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.