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A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, P.M. Appraisals, Inc. is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since P.M. Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal from P.M. Appraisals, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area is welcome — remember, however, 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 call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.