5 Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person 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 affect 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. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.