Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user has the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Mike Noble Appraisals is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Mike Noble Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Mike Noble Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 — 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 assignment we're working on for you, feel free to call us at

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements 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 characteristics 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.