Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order from REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.).
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- 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. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some information 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.