A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Astute Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of things you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Having just one number incorrect 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 from the area — 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 a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they are 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. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.