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Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, W. Eric Howard & Associates is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At W. Eric Howard & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal from W. Eric Howard & Associates.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, 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 early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 numerous pages of helpful 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 become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest 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 easier way to keep track of your report's status.