Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user gets the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
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 re-key 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?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. 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 differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 shorten 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 clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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 is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.