A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Anderson Appraisal, LLC is continuously researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Anderson Appraisal, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Anderson Appraisal, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free 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 to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
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. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.