A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Bryant REA is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Bryant REA knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from Bryant REA.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — 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 appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to 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 quickly!
Use our website to keep tabs on 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. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.