A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At The August Group Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal from The August Group Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — 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 house. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.