Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of items you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal with Anderson & Associates.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, 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 sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- 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 is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.