Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Gregory James Company, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, 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

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to keep track of your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 your report's status.
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