Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Race Appraisal Services, LLC is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Race Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from Race Appraisal Services, LLC.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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 got the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 from the area — 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 free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put 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 early on makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource 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. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.

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