5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, W. Eric Howard & Associates is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At W. Eric Howard & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from W. Eric Howard & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information 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 are helpful data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute 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 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'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track your report's status?
- Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.