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Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, BBH & Associates is constantly seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order 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 handful of tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from BBH & Associates.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information 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 differ from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge 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. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to keep track of 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.