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Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure their client gets the best information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Elite Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with Elite Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in 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.

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

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to keep track of 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.