Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up 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 assignment 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.