Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and tweaking 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 we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the assignment. 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 differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive earlier.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect 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 numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.