A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Anderson & Associates.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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. 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 might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful 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 become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow 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 to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.