Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best data possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is 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 data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 in the area is welcome — 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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- Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, 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 early on will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- 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 a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.