Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order 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 a few items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. 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 promptly!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.