Some Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Robert L Ripp, SRA knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Robert L Ripp, SRA.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your assignment. 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 differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to verify your report's status?
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. There's no easier or faster way to track your report's status.