A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they've been 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 customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others about 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 as quickly as possible!
- Why not our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.