Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order 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 a couple of things you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal with The August Group Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful 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 to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 or easier way to track your report's status.