5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best information available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Bryant REA is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Bryant REA knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal with Bryant REA.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Make sure 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. 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Are you letting us know 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 differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order 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'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.