5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant 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 as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.