5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, RWA Appraisals is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At RWA Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal from RWA Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know 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 unique characteristics 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will 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 can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to verify 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of your report's status.