A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Gregory James Company, Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Gregory James Company, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from Gregory James Company, Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter homes 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.
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