Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Associate Appraisers of America.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put 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 soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
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. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.