Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At A. M. Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from A. M. Appraisals.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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 the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — 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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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.