Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of things you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.