5 Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Astute Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Astute Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.