A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since P.M. Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal from P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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. Even a list of recent area sales 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.