A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal with Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the 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 keep track of the status of your report.