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Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, W. Eric Howard & Associates is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since W. Eric Howard & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal with W. Eric Howard & Associates.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to follow 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.