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A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client gets the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of items you can do to trim 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. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect 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 great data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding 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 benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.