A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always researching additional 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, here are a few things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 in the area is welcome — 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have 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. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.