Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of items you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off 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 are great data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.