A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Race Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Race Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Race Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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 a job we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing 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 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.