Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Sound Appraisal Group, Inc knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.

Are you ordering 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 single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us 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 homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to 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 as quickly as possible!
Easily verify 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.