Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user has the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Property Valuation Group is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Property Valuation Group we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Property Valuation Group.

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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 in the area is welcome — though be advised 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 an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.
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