Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Berry Realty Co Realtors is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Berry Realty Co Realtors knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Berry Realty Co Realtors.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements add 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 had a recent addition built 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 quicker.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Under the impression that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep track of 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 is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.