5 Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Robert L Ripp, SRA is always researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Robert L Ripp, SRA knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from Robert L Ripp, SRA.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — 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.

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive faster.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to follow your report's status?
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.