5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Astute Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics 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 would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 track the status of your report.