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A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, (208) 782-0233 is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since (208) 782-0233 knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from (208) 782-0233.

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 we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area 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.

You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell 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 soon!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of your report's status.