5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, MVP APPRAISALS, INC is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since MVP APPRAISALS, INC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with MVP APPRAISALS, INC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 might differ from yours.
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- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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 prone 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.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.