5 Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to trim turn times when you order an appraisal with Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group.

Order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! 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 add unnecessary time to 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area 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.

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

Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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. When ordering your report, 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 prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website to track 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 faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.