A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your 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 alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.