Some Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order 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 a handful of things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Graham Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, 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 nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.