Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Mike Noble Appraisals is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Mike Noble Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Mike Noble Appraisals.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on your report's status.
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 available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.