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Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, BBH & Associates is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At BBH & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from BBH & Associates.

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off 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 great information to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track the status of your report.