Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Believing that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.