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Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking 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 things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Anderson & Associates.

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.