5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, RWA Appraisals is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At RWA Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with RWA Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
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 is helpful information to include with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. And will delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
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 or easier way to track your report's status.