Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Alliance Appraisal, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Alliance Appraisal, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Alliance Appraisal, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Being just one number off 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. 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 may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute 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 features 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 would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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.