Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, All City Appraisal is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since All City Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with All City Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.
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