A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user has the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to reduce turn times each time you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
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 good data to include with your request. Even a list of recent sales from 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 assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 way to keep track of the status of your report.