Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique details contribute 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 had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful 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 familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to track your report's status?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 or faster way to keep track of your report's status.