Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since The August Group Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from The August Group Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, 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 property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute 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 recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.