A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client gets the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, 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 early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.