A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since A. M. Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with A. M. Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Verify 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Believing that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to track your report's status?
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. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.

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