5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of tips you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they are 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.