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The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client has the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At (208) 782-0233 we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal from (208) 782-0233.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to 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!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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.