5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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 in the area is welcome — though be advised 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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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 constructed, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.