Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Hearing 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.