A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Elite Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Elite Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 good data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent 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 makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.