A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes 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 items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from The August Group Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several 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 benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Why not our website as a resource to track 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 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.