5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, RWA Appraisals is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since RWA Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with RWA Appraisals.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information 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. Even a list of recent sales in 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.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an appointment 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 unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are 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 numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.