A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Abandy & Associates Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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 is great information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 elements 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 soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to follow your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.