Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, BBH & Associates is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At BBH & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of things you can do to lower turn times every time you order an appraisal from BBH & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key 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?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with your assignment. 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 be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute 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 details 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 makes your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.