A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you get automatic 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
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 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 features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of 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. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.