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Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client gets the best data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Anderson & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Anderson & Associates.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
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 clearly uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.