A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client gets the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 are lawfully required to 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, you're always free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.