A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — 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.
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- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even 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 keep track of 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 instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.