A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Allen Appraisal Service is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Allen Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Allen Appraisal Service.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might 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

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the inspection 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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