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A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Desert Sky Appraisers is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Desert Sky Appraisers knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal with Desert Sky Appraisers.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Are you using 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. There's no faster or easier way to track the status of your report.