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5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Anderson Appraisals is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Anderson Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Anderson Appraisals.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.