A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing 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 likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.