A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client has the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details 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 would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Believing that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it 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 can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.