Some Tips for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from Conley Real Estate Appraisals, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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 an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to track 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.