Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Bryant REA is always researching additional tools and tweaking 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 we've listed a couple of things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Bryant REA.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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 order.
- Make sure that the subject property information 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised 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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- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible 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.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.