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Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is continuously acquiring new 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 trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Anderson & Associates.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute 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 put 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 early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
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 and faster to track your report's status.