A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client has the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of things you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Verify 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
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. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.