Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.