5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the assignment. 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 may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.