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A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client has the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.