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A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc..

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.