Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user gets the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Anderson & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal with Anderson & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request 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.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 elements 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'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they've been 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- 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 faster to track your report's status.