Some Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal with Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 are great data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person 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 likely decrease 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 the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.