Five Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user has the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Premier Appraisal of SoCal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal with Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- 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 helpful information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even 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 promptly!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.