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Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Elite Appraisal Services is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Elite Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Elite Appraisal Services.

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. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and 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 benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 is available to you online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.