5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Gregory James Company, Inc..

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to verify 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.
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