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Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process - all to ensure the end user receives the most useful data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since The Appraisal Firm knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few items you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal from The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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 request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the assignment. 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.

  3. You're always free to call us at 760-476-0130 if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique features. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive earlier.

  5. What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of pages of relevant 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.

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