Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is constantly testing new 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 a handful of tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Verify 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. 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.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property 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 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep track of 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. It's never been faster to track your report's status.