A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and improving 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 some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 sales in the area is welcome — though be advised 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 tell us about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to follow 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. It's never been faster to track your report's status.