A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Astute Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. 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.

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

Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they are 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.