A Few Hints for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is constantly seeking 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 a few things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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.

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

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. So they put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.