Some Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Anderson & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the assignment. 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.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.