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Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Real Property Metrics is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Real Property Metrics knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Real Property Metrics.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
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 available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.