A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, All City Appraisal is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At All City Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from All City Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
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 from the area — though be advised 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 details of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.
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