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Five Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, BBH & Associates is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since BBH & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal with BBH & Associates.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements 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 nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 — 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.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for following 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. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.