Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is constantly testing new 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 some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Anderson & Associates.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 area sales 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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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.