5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user receives the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Race Appraisal Services, LLC is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Race Appraisal Services, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Race Appraisal Services, LLC.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details 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'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.

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