A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since A. M. Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from A. M. Appraisals.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised 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 a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.

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