5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Judge Appraisal is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Judge Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Judge Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute 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 details 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.