Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user gets the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times every time you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. There's no faster way to track your report's status.