Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure the end user has the best information possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, JTC Valuations is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At JTC Valuations we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with JTC Valuations.
- Order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. 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 be different from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.