Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 characteristics 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'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Believing that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.