A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Downtowne Appraisals / Mike's Appraisals is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Downtowne Appraisals / Mike's Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Downtowne Appraisals / Mike's Appraisals.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request 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 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 unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the value. And will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.