5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to ensure the end user gets the best data that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Real Property Valuations is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Real Property Valuations we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Real Property Valuations:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 — 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. Feel free to call us at 336-655-6016 if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute 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 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 will find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!


  6. 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.