Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client has the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Race Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Race Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few things you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from Race Appraisal Services, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might 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 tell us about the unique elements of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the value. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Easily track 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 keep track of the status of your report.

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