Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Ireland Appraisal Associates, LLC is constantly researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Ireland Appraisal Associates, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Ireland Appraisal Associates, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Make sure 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised 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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Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone 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 appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.