5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal with All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- 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 are helpful data to include with the assignment. 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.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 elements 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.