Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Astute Appraisals, Inc. is always seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Astute Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with Astute Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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 assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.