A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.