A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to verify 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.