Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Gregory James Company, Inc..

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 alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.
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