5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, BBH & Associates is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At BBH & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with BBH & Associates.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data 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 may differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily verify 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 easier to keep track of your report's status.