Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Weaver Appraisal Group is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Weaver Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order with Weaver Appraisal Group.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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 got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- 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 are great data to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales in 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 differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute 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 features 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to follow your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.