Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always researching new tools and tweaking processes 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 couple of tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 helpful data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order 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 prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 multiple pages of helpful 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 become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to verify your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.