Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 in 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know 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. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the value. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person 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 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 clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.