Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!
Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
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 instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.
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