Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Associate Appraisers of America.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, 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! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
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. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.