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A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area 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, you're always free to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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.