5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Robert L Ripp, SRA knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Robert L Ripp, SRA.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information 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 are great data to include with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.