Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Robert L Ripp, SRA we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal from Robert L Ripp, SRA.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications 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! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 may be different from yours.

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

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 features 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they have 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.