5 Steps to Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Bryant REA is always seeking new tools and tweaking 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 some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Bryant REA.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — 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, feel free to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 recently had an addition built 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 soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.