A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes 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 tips you can do to lessen turn times every time you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter 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 unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the request. 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 differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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 prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple 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. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.