5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee the end user gets the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Moraski Real Estate Appraisals is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Moraski Real Estate Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from Moraski Real Estate Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off 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 sales from the area is welcome — 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 characteristics of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
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 to keep track of the status of your report.