Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 re-key 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?
- Being just one number off 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 good data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 faster to keep track of your report's status.