Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, JTH Appraisals is continuously researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since JTH Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from JTH Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great 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 may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at
- Be sure to tell us about the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to verify 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.