A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Elite Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Elite Appraisal Services.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order 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.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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. 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 might differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient steps 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 abundant notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some information 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. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.