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Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, BBH & Associates is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since BBH & Associates knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with BBH & Associates.

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 is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

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 house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for verifying 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. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.