5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the best data available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Bryant REA is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Bryant REA we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered with Bryant REA.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent area sales 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.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, 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 makes your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.