Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user has the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since A. M. Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal from A. M. Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as 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's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.