A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent 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 early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to 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 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.