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A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.