Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes 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 we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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 order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.