Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the most useful data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Real Estate Appraisals is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Real Estate Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Real Estate Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you automatically get 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! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the assignment. 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 might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering 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, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.

  5. Be sure the homeowner knows the plan. Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea that an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value . So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to follow the status of your report? No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 and easier to keep track of your report's status.