Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Sound Appraisal Group, Inc is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order 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 couple of tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Sound Appraisal Group, Inc.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- 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 faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.