Five Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Phoenix Valuations, LLC is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Phoenix Valuations, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to lower turn times each time you order an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will make the house appraise for more money. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they are 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.