A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Bryant REA is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Bryant REA we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of things you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with Bryant REA.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off 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 pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 elements 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'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
- Use our website to follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.