Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure their client gets the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Bryant REA is always 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 we've listed a couple of items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Bryant REA.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly 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.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. 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 might differ from yours.
Feel 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 unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.