5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Sound Appraisal Group, Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal with Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised 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 features 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 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 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 sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them 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 as soon as possible!
- Use our website to follow your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 faster way to keep track of your report's status.