Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since All State Appraisal Partners, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with All State Appraisal Partners, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- Being just one number off 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 great data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details 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 would find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to follow 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.