Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key 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?
- Having just one number incorrect 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on 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 tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and 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 quickly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- 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. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.