5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Greater Orlando Appraisal Assoc., Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't 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 information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant 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 familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Easily verify 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.