5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client receives the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from Anderson & Associates.

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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 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. 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 from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
Easily verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.