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Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, The August Group Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since The August Group Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from The August Group Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, 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 early on makes your report arrive without delay.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they've 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.