Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Accuracy Matters Appraisals is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Accuracy Matters Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from Accuracy Matters Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales 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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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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 you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.