Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Bryant REA is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Bryant REA we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Bryant REA.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 from 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.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
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 available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.