A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Robert L Ripp, SRA we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Robert L Ripp, SRA.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised 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.

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 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 characteristics 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they are 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.