5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Choice Appraisals, Inc. is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Choice Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Choice Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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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- 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. What takes time is analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 track your report's status.