Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of things you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Gregory James Company, Inc..

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 features 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'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 keep track of your report's status.
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