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A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few items you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal from Advantage Appraisal Services, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add 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 prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
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 is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.