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5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Anderson & Associates.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't 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 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 may differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 characteristics 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 as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- the 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.