Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Mike Noble Appraisals is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Mike Noble Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Mike Noble Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area is welcome — 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing 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 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some info 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.