A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Phoenix Valuations, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful 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 become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.