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Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put 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 faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. 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 soon!
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.