Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 got the request.
Confirm that the subject property information 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the value. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they have been 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
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 faster and easier to track the status of your report.