Some Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Summit Appraisal Group, Inc. is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Summit Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Summit Appraisal Group, Inc..

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for keeping 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.