Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best data. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Marketwise Appraisal, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Marketwise Appraisal, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order from Marketwise Appraisal, LLC:
  1. Always order your appraisals online. With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass along with the assignment. 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 be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at 602.690.1414

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive without delay.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher and will put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.