5 Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user is presented with the best analysis that can be achieved. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Morrision Singleton is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Morrision Singleton knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Morrision Singleton:

  1. Order your appraisals online. By ordering online, you automatically get 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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, you're always free to call us at 919.612.6495

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. With the Notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report? 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.