Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm 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. 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little information 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.