A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from All City Appraisal.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.