Five Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, BBH & Associates is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since BBH & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to accelerate the process every time you order an appraisal with BBH & Associates.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add 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 characteristics 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 earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
- 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.