5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.