Five Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.