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A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, BBH & Associates is continuously testing new 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 things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with BBH & Associates.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off 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 helpful data to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — 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 call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 recently had an addition constructed, 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 early on makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little info 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 easier to keep track of your report's status.