5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — 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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- Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 features 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'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Why not our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.