5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Robert L Ripp, SRA knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Robert L Ripp, SRA.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, 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 without delay.
Be sure the occupants know 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 clearly apprehensive with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.