Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Alaska Real Estate Appraisal is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Alaska Real Estate Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Alaska Real Estate Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 received the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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. 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.
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- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.