A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Graham Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Graham Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off 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 is helpful information to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing 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 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.