Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of things you can do to lower turn times every time you order an appraisal from REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.).
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. 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 may be different from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Use our website to follow 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. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.