5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Real Property Metrics is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Real Property Metrics we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with Real Property Metrics.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key 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 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 — 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 welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value. So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Use our website to keep 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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.