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Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is continuously testing new tools and improving 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 below are some tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal with Anderson & Associates.

Order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features 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 as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. 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 soon!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.