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A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the most useful data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 sales from the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

  4. Are you telling us up front any elements 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 details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.

  5. What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value and will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little knowledge 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. Our website has multiple pages of helpful 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 familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.