A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Gregory James Company, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised 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 a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements 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 will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.