A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 received the request.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
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 your report's status.