Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Elite Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, 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 will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they've been 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.