A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Astute Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
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 is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.