A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client has the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Anderson Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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 is great information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — 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 details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they have been 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. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to track 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.