A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal with Gregory James Company, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Having just one number incorrect 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, 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 appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Are you making 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 homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they are 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 can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free 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 quickly as possible!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.
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