Five Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user has the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..

Order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't 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 add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, 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, feel free to call us at

Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise higher. And will put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to verify 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.
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