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Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to lessen turn times each time you order an appraisal with Elite Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request 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 we got the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
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 pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.