Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. 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 more efficiently. Since Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.