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Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Desert Sky Appraisers is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Desert Sky Appraisers we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Desert Sky Appraisers.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically receive 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built 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 as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful 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 benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.