Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee their client has the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Phoenix Valuations, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a handful of things you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
Feel free to contact us 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 elements of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of useful 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.