Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Shepard Appraisal Group, LLC is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Shepard Appraisal Group, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to reduce turn times every time you order an appraisal with Shepard Appraisal Group, LLC.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off 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 are good data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering 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, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.