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A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Young Real Estate Appraisals is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Young Real Estate Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Young Real Estate Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. 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, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they have been 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.