A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- 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 helpful data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 features 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.