Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, A. M. Appraisals is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since A. M. Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal from A. M. Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.

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