5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 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 a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they put off the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.