Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Phoenix Valuations, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might 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 let us know about the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are 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. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to track 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 the status of your report.