Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user gets the best information available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment 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 the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 is helpful information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.