A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Alaska Real Estate Appraisal is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Alaska Real Estate Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of things you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from Alaska Real Estate Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.