5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Associate Appraisers of America.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, 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, don't hesitate to call us at

Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics 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'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.