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The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At (208) 782-0233 we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from (208) 782-0233.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes 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. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you 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!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- 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 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.