Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to lessen turn times each time you order an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming 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 uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Believing that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person 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. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.