5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements 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 features 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.