A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
Being just one number off 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.