Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to decrease turn times each time you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute 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 elements 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 sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone 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 appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.