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A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data that can be achieved. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is essential. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 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.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at (812) 235-4576

  4. 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. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Be sure the homeowner knows the plan. One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep track of 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.