Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Di Cicco & Associates is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Di Cicco & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Di Cicco & Associates.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing 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 features 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 will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.