Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order 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 few items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.