The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Academy Appraisal, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Academy Appraisal, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of items you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal from Academy Appraisal, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 in the area — though be advised 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 characteristics 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 characteristics contribute 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners feel they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- someone they've 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 likely go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.