A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 in 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 be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have 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 can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.