Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly acquiring additional 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 things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — 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 welcome to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add 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 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.