Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Anderson & Associates is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Anderson & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Anderson & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised 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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- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. 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 promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.