A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always acquiring 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 some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with All City Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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 prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
- 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.