Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly 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 our clients. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute 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 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing 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 benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 easier to track the status of your report.