Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client receives the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Anderson & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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.
- Make sure 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. 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 may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed 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.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track your report's status?
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 easier to keep track of the status of your report.