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Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client gets the best information available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Desert Sky Appraisers is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. Since Desert Sky Appraisers knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Desert Sky Appraisers.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 are helpful data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent sales from 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.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order 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. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've 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 likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep track of 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.