5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from .

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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 distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique features 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 makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.