5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client receives the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Verify that the subject property information 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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, don't hesitate to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.