5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is continuously researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At P.M. Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with P.M. Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 sales in the area is welcome — 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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- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily follow 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 easier and faster to track the status of your report.