Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Bryant REA is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Bryant REA we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Bryant REA.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 are helpful data to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.