Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Young Real Estate Appraisals is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving 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 some tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Young Real Estate Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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. 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.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.