5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user has the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. 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 might differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.