A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of items you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.).
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built 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 sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Does the homeowner know what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are 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 likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to 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 quickly as possible!
- Easily keep tabs on 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. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.