Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user gets the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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 are helpful data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- a 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to 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 promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.