Some Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Weaver Appraisal Group knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add 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 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.