Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is constantly researching 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 a couple of items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Gregory James Company, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering 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.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Easily track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.
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