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A Few Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure their client has the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Belles Appraisal Service, LLC is always testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Belles Appraisal Service, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to speed up the process each time you order an appraisal from Belles Appraisal Service, LLC.

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements 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 the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details 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'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.