Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user has the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since A. M. Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with A. M. Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
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. 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.

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