Five Steps to Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Triangle Residential Valuations is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Triangle Residential Valuations we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Triangle Residential Valuations.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the value. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 likely go a long way toward trimming 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 clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to verify 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 instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.