A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter 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?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.