Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user gets the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, 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 will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- a 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.