Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Anderson & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Anderson & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.