A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At P.M. Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long 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 may be different from yours.
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- Let us know 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique characteristics 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'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible 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 appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.