A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client receives the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Young Real Estate Appraisals is always researching new 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 handful of tips you can do to reduce turn times every time you order an appraisal from Young Real Estate Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, 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 faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 and faster to track your report's status.