A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Premier Appraisal of SoCal is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes 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 we've listed a handful of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Premier Appraisal of SoCal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they've 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 your report's status.