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Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure the end user gets the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since P.M. Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of items you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
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. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.