5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, W. Eric Howard & Associates is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since W. Eric Howard & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from W. Eric Howard & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- 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. 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them 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 soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- 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 easier to keep track of your report's status.