A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the most useful data that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Montgomery & Associates of NW FL, Inc. is continuously testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Montgomery & Associates of NW FL, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Montgomery & Associates of NW FL, Inc.:

  1. Always order your appraisals online. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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. Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass along with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money . So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.