Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to reduce turn times every time you order an appraisal with Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.