A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best data possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order 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 trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful 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. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.