Some Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, mymobileappraiser is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At mymobileappraiser we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered with mymobileappraiser.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming 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 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. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.