Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Property Valuation Group is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Property Valuation Group we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from Property Valuation Group.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 area sales 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 assignment we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Are you using our website as a resource to verify your report's status?
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.
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