Some Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Phoenix Valuations, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. And will put off the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to 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 promptly!
Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.