A Few Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Race Appraisal Services, LLC is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Race Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered with Race Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Let us know 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 characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Tell them to 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.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.