Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you get automatic 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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 an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.