A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Associate Appraisers of America is constantly testing additional 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 we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Associate Appraisers of America.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
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 helpful information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales in 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 be different from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put 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.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the value. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily track 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 to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.