Five Tips for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your request. 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 may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 them to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.