Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we 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 unnecessarily delay 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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 features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 features 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 to track your report's status.