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Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best analysis possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of items you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal from Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us 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 features of this property. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 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 prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will make the house appraise for more money . So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little info 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. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily track the status of your report on our website. 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.