Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At A. M. Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few items you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal with A. M. Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 in the area — 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 letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful 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 familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- 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 to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.