A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At The August Group Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with The August Group Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information 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 in the area — though be advised 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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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, 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 will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.