5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the most useful data possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, TRAC: The Real Estate Appraisal Company is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since TRAC: The Real Estate Appraisal Company knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered with TRAC: The Real Estate Appraisal Company:

  1. Order your appraisals online. With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is key. Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales in 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 differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to follow the status of your report? 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.