Some Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Associate Appraisers of America we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of 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 become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 easier to track the status of your report.