Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client gets the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Central Alabama Appraisal is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Central Alabama Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few tips you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal with Central Alabama Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 features 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. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.