Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes 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 some tips you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.