A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.