Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, MARC ANTHONY GIZZI APPRAISAL & CONSULTING is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At MARC ANTHONY GIZZI APPRAISAL & CONSULTING we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a couple of items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from MARC ANTHONY GIZZI APPRAISAL & CONSULTING.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the 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 might differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent 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 sooner will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming 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. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 track the status of your report.