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5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client has the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At The August Group Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few things you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with The August Group Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. 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 differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

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 contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. 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 become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to keep track of 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.