A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been 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. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- 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 faster to track the status of your report.