Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Phoenix Valuations, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to hasten the process each time you order an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter 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?
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

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 likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful 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 our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.