5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.