Some Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, 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! No longer do we 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 key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales in 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 differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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 prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.