A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. 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 may differ from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.