5 Tips for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research - all to ensure their client gets the best analysis that can be achieved. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Moring & Associates is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Moring & Associates we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Moring & Associates:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? 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 helpful data to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 870-932-1892

  4. Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct details. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some 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. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!

  6. Easily keep tabs on 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.