Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.