A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal from Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- 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 area sales 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.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 easier to track your report's status.