5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Anderson & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Anderson & Associates.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 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 would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.