Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Anderson & Associates.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily follow 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 track your report's status.