Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Performance Appraisals Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Performance Appraisals Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Performance Appraisals Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is 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 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 unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you 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's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.