Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Desert Sky Appraisers is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Desert Sky Appraisers knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal from Desert Sky Appraisers.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you receive 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, 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 characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.