A Few Suggestions 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 research. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Young Real Estate Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Young Real Estate Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Young Real Estate Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, 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 early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.