Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is always seeking additional tools and tweaking 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 items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from A. M. Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the assignment. 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 differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it 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 likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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