Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. 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.

You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. 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 advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.