Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you 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 unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the request. 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 be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.