5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user gets the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 elements 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 will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
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. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.