5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.