A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order 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 information about the subject property?
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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is 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 features 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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 to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.