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5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Bob Hayes Real Estate Appraiser is continuously testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Bob Hayes Real Estate Appraiser we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Bob Hayes Real Estate Appraiser.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 re-key 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?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — 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.

Feel free to contact us 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 unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
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 faster way to keep track of the status of your report.