A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Gregory James Company, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Gregory James Company, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 sales in 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 assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.
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