5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to ensure the end user gets the most useful analysis. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. 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 sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add 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 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 early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value . So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little bit 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 many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Our website is a great resource for following your report's status. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.