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A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is continuously 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, we've listed a few things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with The August Group Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
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. 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 and easier to keep track of the status of your report.