5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, JTH Appraisals is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking 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 a few items you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from JTH Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. 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 be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of 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. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- a 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. 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 without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.