A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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. There's no faster way to track your report's status.