A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Bryant REA is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Bryant REA we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Bryant REA.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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 several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.