A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At A. M. Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with A. M. Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add 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 elements 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. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some information 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to verify your report's status?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.