Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to reduce turn times each time you order an appraisal with Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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 information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 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 susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.