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Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the most useful analysis possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion that an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Coming 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 increase 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. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!

  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report. 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.