Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client has the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and improving processes in order 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 some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Astute Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.