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Some Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best information. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisal Network is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Appraisal Network we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Appraisal Network:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get 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! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass along with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique features. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!

  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.