5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Robert L Ripp, SRA knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered with Robert L Ripp, SRA.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. 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 promptly!
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. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.