A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is 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 order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, 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 sooner is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.