5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Mike Noble Appraisals is always acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Mike Noble Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Mike Noble Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the request 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. 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 assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 had a recent addition constructed, 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 sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.