Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client gets the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Sound Appraisal Group, Inc knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Having just one number incorrect 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. 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 may differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.