Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't 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 information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from 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 distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter homes 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful 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 become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.