5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is always researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Sound Appraisal Group, Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order 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 the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the assignment. 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 may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put 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 is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to follow 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 easier to keep track of the status of your report.