5 Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, The Appraisal Firm is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At The Appraisal Firm we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with The Appraisal Firm:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? Having just one number incorrect 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 great information to pass along with your assignment. 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 differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at 760-476-0130 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the inspection . So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report? 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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