Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Elite Appraisal Services.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 great data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from 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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- Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, 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 soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to track 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.