5 Hints for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Christian Santana is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Christian Santana knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Christian Santana.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering 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 order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.