5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best data possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is always researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 great data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.