Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Sound Appraisal Group, Inc knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
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 sales in the area is welcome — though be advised 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 tell us about the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add 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 elements 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 sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.