A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
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. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.