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Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is always testing 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 items you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from The August Group Inc..

Always order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. 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 soon!
Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.