Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! 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.
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 your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.