Some Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, BBH & Associates is always researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since BBH & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from BBH & Associates.
- Always order your appraisals online.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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. 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 differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.