5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Property Valuation Group is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Property Valuation Group knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Property Valuation Group.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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. 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 may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- 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 instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.