5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the most useful analysis. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass along with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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. You're always welcome to call us at (812) 235-4576 if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details contribute 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection . So they put off the inspection until it is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status? No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 easier to track the status of your report.