A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Young Real Estate Appraisals is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Young Real Estate Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to lower turn times every time you order an appraisal from Young Real Estate Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 in 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 an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 track your report's status.