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5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research - all to ensure the end user gets the most useful analysis that can be achieved. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Frank D Bittle SRA is always testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Frank D Bittle SRA we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to lessen turn times every time you order an appraisal with Frank D Bittle SRA:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's unique elements. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher and will delay the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!


  6. Use our website to follow 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 instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.