Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Race Appraisal Services, LLC is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Race Appraisal Services, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Race Appraisal Services, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 is good information to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from 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 an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's unique details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant 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 our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to verify your report's status?
- 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 keep track of your report's status.