A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Barnes Appraisal Company is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Barnes Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise higher, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow the status of your report?
- 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 instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.