Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Phoenix Valuations, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Phoenix Valuations, LLC.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 characteristics 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 early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information 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 multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- 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 faster way to keep track of the status of your report.