Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes 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 a few 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 automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to call us at

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.