Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, W. Eric Howard & Associates is always testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At W. Eric Howard & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from W. Eric Howard & Associates.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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 received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect 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 helpful data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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 prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. And will put off 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.