Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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 the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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 prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they have been 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 numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.