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Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the most useful data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Anna DeMoss: Appraisals is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Anna DeMoss: Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Anna DeMoss: Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass along with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at 713-729-6464 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique features. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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 ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some knowledge 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. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!


  6. Easily verify the status of your report on our website. 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. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.