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A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the most useful information. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, MNP Residential Appraisals LLC is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since MNP Residential Appraisals LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with MNP Residential Appraisals LLC:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. 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. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 2252780187

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the value and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!

  6. Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website. 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 the status of your report.