A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, R.M. Rose is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At R.M. Rose we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal from R.M. Rose.
- Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, 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 makes your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Easily track the status of your report on our website.
- 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 keep track of the status of your report.