A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Robert L Ripp, SRA we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with Robert L Ripp, SRA.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 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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- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Are you using our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.