5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Miller Realty is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Miller Realty knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Miller Realty.

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 sales from the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 4242360634

  4. Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Set proper expectations with the occupants. One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take lots of notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Coming from you -- someone they've 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status. 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.