Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure their client gets the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Associate Appraisers of America knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Associate Appraisers of America.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order 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 received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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 recently had an addition constructed, 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 will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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 track the status of your report.