A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Anderson & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Anderson & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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, feel free to call us at
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 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. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.