A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Race Appraisal Services, LLC is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Race Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Race Appraisal Services, LLC.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect 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 is great information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
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 faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.

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